10,000 runs is a massive milestone – Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook has been the leading run getter in test matches ever since he made his debut. The England captain has been a consistent performer, and year after year, his numbers have grown, adding to the clout of England in test cricket. Cook has already registered himself as the leading run-getter for an English batsman, and now, he awaits another magical milestone.
Cook is just 36 runs away from 10,000 test career runs, and when he does it, he will become the first English batsman to get to the mark. His 2016 season has begun on a high, with three tons already to his name in the ongoing County championship. Cook spoke on the sidelines of the county circuit and admitted that getting to 10,000 test runs would be a massive achievement.
“Milestones are a weird thing,” Cook said. “because when you’re on 4000 runs you’re desperate to get 5000 and then you want 6000. But then you realise when you’re there it’s not quite as important as you thought before. “But 10,000 is a massive milestone for any batsman because you can’t really argue with a bloke who’s scored 10,000 runs. No matter which way you’ve gone about it, that’s a lot of runs, in a lot of different conditions and being tested for a long period of time. So it’ll be a nice milestone when it comes, but I’ve got to get the 36 first.”
Cook though admitted that he might not be around for long now as perceived by some people. “I wouldn’t want to go back and start on nought and have to prove again I can do it,” he says. “Every time now you turn up for a Test tour or series, this could be closer to one of my last ones as history suggests not many people play many more games,” Cook said.
“I think that’s why playing one form of international cricket and having that bit more time off really makes you look forward to the occasions more and more, and the times we are spending with people like Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad – they won’t be playing for England forever,” he concluded.
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