It seems as if English Test skipper Alastair Cook is on a record-breaking spree. Few days after breaking Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar’s record, the left-handed batsman has shattered one more record. The 31-year old has now become England’s leading run scorer across all three cricket formats overtaking out of favour batsman Kevin Pietersen. Cook achieved the feat in the second innings of the third Test against Pakistan at Edgbaston.
Pietersen with 13,779 runs across all the formats had previously held the record. Cook surpassed him with a single in the 12th over of England’s second innings. England’s highest run-getter also achieved the feat in fewer matches and fewer innings than Pietersen.
Pietersen, who represented England in all formats between 2004 and 2014, reached his benchmark in 275 matches and 340 innings while Cook took 228 matches and 333 innings to surpass him.
Earlier in May, Cook broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record of youngest player to reach 10,000 Tests runs. While Sachin achieved the milestone aged 31 years, 10 months and 20 days Cook achieved the milestone aged 31 years, five months and five days. Cook also became the first Englishman to reach 10,000 Test runs. Overall he became only the 12th batsman to reach 10,000 runs, joining Brian Lara, Kumar Sangakkara, Ricky Ponting, Rahul Dravid, Mahela Jayawardene, Sunil Gavaskar, Jacques Kalis, Allan Border, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Steve Waugh.
During the first Test against Pakistan at Lord’s, he broke another record. He surpassed India great Sunil Gavaskar’s record of 9,607 for most runs as a Test opener.
The 31-year also holds the record for the most Test centuries scored by an Englishman with 29.
Coming to the match, Pakistan were bowled out for 400 on the third day in Birmingham, giving them a useful lead over England of 103 runs. However, the English openers Cook and Alex Hales took England to a commanding position after an unbeaten partnership of 120 by the end of day’s play, with their overall lead extended to 17 runs.