England coach Trevor Bayliss has said that English captain Alastair Cook has the ability to surpass Sachin Tendulkar as Test cricket’s all-time leading run scorer.
Cook crossed the 10,000 runs mark in test cricket during the course of his unbeaten 47 as England beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the second Test at the Riverside in Chester-le-Street on Monday.
The England skipper, at 31 years and 157 days, also became the youngest batsman to reach the milestone, topping India’s Sachin Tendulkar, who scored his 10,000th run at 31 years and 326 days.
Cook has currently scored 10,042 runs in tests and so he still has some way to go before Tendulkar’s record of 15,921 runs comes into sight.
However, Bayliss believes that if Cook continues to play like this then it would be a matter of time for him to own the record.
“It will be about how long he wants to keep doing it,” said Bayliss.
Praising Cook, Bayliss said that age is on Cook’s side and so the record will be his to loose.
“But certainly there is time on his side, so there is no reason he couldn’t if his heart is still in it and his will to do it is still there,” the Australian added.
“He is right up there with any of the best international players. He has these powers of concentration,” he said.
“He is not the biggest stroke-player of all time – (but) he knows his game very well, he is very patient and he sticks to it.
“To be able to do that over the period of time he has played and score as many runs as he has is a fantastic effort.”
Cook is unlikely to play in ODIs again after he was dropped from the ODI team before the 2014 World Cup, and so the burden would be less on him and given his consistency of scoring at a rate of around 1,000 runs a year for the past decade, only a career-ending injury or a sharp decline in form could deny him the chance to surpass Tendulkar’s haul.