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Alastair Cook is also England’s most capped Test cricketer Getty Images

England skipper Alastair Cook now with the toss formalities being done and dusted, has lead his country in most number of Tests. Cook has now captained England in 55 Tests out of the 135 matches, one more than Micheal Atherton’s tally of 54 out of his 115 match career. Cook is currently on his fourth tour of India, where England are to play a grueling 5-Test series with the first match of the series being played at Rajkot. Michael Vaughan is third on the list having captained England 51 times out of his 115 Tests. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs England, 1st Test match at Rajkot

Andrew Strauss is fourth in the list with 50 games as skipper, while Nasser Hussain completes the top 5 with 45-Tests matches to his name as skipper. Cook has so far played 135 matches (including ongoing Test) for England, is also their most capped Test player .Only James Anderson (119) is the current player, who might be able to topple him.

Player Span Mat Runs Bat Av
Alastair Cook 2010-2016 55* 4475 47.6
Michael Atherton 1993-2001 54 3815 40.58
Michael Vaughan 2003-2008 51 3170 36.02
Andrew Strauss 2006-2012 50 3343 40.76
Nasser Hussain 1999-2003 45 2487 36.04

Cook is now at number 9 in the top 10 list of players who have skippered in most number of matches for their side in Tests. Leading the chart is Graeme Smith with 109 matches at Test skipper for South Africa, coming in second is Australian great Allan Border with 96 games. New Zealand’s Stephen Fleming is third having lead his side in 80 games, Australia’s Ricky Ponting is a close 77. West Indies legend Clive Lloyd lead his team in 74 matches, just four games below is former India Test skipper MS Dhoni with 60. Sri Lanka world cup winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga skippered his side in 56 Test matches.