Geoffrey Boycott hails 'terrific    Alastair Cook on scoring 7,000 runs

Alastair Cook became the sixth England batsman to score three consecutive Test hundreds and the second player to do so against India Getty Images

Kolkata: Dec 6, 2012

Former England skipper Geoffrey Boycott hailed Alastair Cook s ‘terrific performance against India at the Kolkata Test, stating that the record of scoring 23 centuries was inevitable. Cook also became the youngest English player to score 7,000 runs.

While speaking for BBC Radio Five Live, Boycott said, “I don’t think it’ll be such a big deal to him, to pass Wally Hammond, Colin Cowdrey, myself and Kevin Pietersen. He’s going to get a lot more unless he suffers some serious illness or injury.”

“He’s got a sound technique, he’s the captain so he’ll automatically get picked – he’ll be way up towards 40 by the time he’s finished, high 30s maybe,” Boycott added.

Cook became the sixth England batsman, after Herbert Sutcliffe, Denis Compton, Boycott, Graham Gooch, Ravi Bopara, to score three consecutive Test hundreds. He is also the second player to do so against India after Gooch.

Cook has been in blistering form and has had a wonderful 2012 with the bat, scoring over 1156 in the 14 Tests he has played so far and is currently second on the list of highest run getters in 2012.

“If you think he’ll be in his best years until he’s about 32, that’s five years. You play about 14 Tests a year so that’s about another 70 Tests, and he’ll probably get about 15 Test hundreds in that,” as quoted by The Telegraph.

“I think he’ll be close to 40 (hundreds) by the time he’s in his early 30s, then it depends how long he plays, he might get more than that,” Boycott said.