The England test captain Alastair Cook has taken his team to a test victory in the first match of the series and is closing in on one of the all time record set in English cricket.
An innings if 162 in the second innings of the first test has taken Cook closer to the all time great Graham Gooch in the leading run scorers list for England. Cook who is just 32 runs short will reach the landmark in 114 tests if he scores them in the next test as compared to the 118 games Gooch took to reach 8,900 test runs.
However, Gooch has arguably faced genuinely better bowlers at that time and Cook feels that though it will be honor to reach the milestone that Gooch the mentor of the English team is in a different league. Cook also explained that a batsman is just a ball away from being out and that the only job for a batsman is to score runs which is not easy. He also said that he will be happy reaching the figure but explained that he would rather score for his team than for a personal milestone.
Cook who started his career under Gooch was all praises for him. He said that it would be weird breaking a record held by person who has helped him reach this level. Talking about the new coach Trevor Bayliss, Cook said that his experience of winning games all around the world is a great asset to his team and that he is hoping to reach new heights with him.