Hussain backs Cook to keep breaking records

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CHESTER-LE-STREET: England captain Alastair Cook’s feat in becoming the youngest player to score 10,000 Test runs won’t be the only record he sets in his career, according to former skipper Nasser Hussain.

Cook became the first England batsman to score 10,000 Test runs when he made five against Sri Lanka on the fourth day of the second Test at the Riverside on Monday.

The England captain became just the 12th batsman — and the only one still playing Tests — in history to reach the landmark when the left-handed opener clipped Nuwan Pradeep for four through mid-wicket.

He was also the youngest to do so at 31 years and 157 days old, beating the previous record of India great Sachin Tendulkar (31 years and 326 days).

This was Cook’s 128th Test and 229th innings at this level.

The Essex batsman scored a hundred on his debut against India at Nagpur in 2006 and has now made 28 Test centuries.

At 31, Cook could have several more years as an international cricketer left in him, but whether he will break Tendulkar’s all time aggregate Test record of 15,921 runs made in 200 Tests remains to be seen.

“His greatest thing is his stubbornness and taking the hard path. I really don’t think there’s ever been an England player mentally stronger than Alastair Cook,” said Hussain, who played for the same county side, Essex.

Cook’s career has not been one of uninterrupted triumph, however.

His position as captain was called into question two years ago as England suffered a 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia and again during the 2014 home series defeat by Sri Lanka.

But Cook responded by scoring his first century in almost two years against the West Indies in May 2015, before leading England to series wins over Australia and South Africa.

“After that 5-0 Ashes loss Down Under, when he was a broken man and everyone was applauding Michael Clarke’s captaincy, the easiest thing would have been to say, ‘I just want to concentrate on my batting. Never mind this captaincy lark, everyone keeps giving me stick’,” Hussain said.

“But he said ‘no, I’m going to prove people wrong’. Since then he’s won the Ashes back, he’s won in South Africa and he’ll continue to have that stubborn streak. It’s what makes him the magnificent cricketer that he is.”

Hussain added: “He’s got an authority and aura about him now, his captaincy has gone from strength to strength and you can’t argue with it.”

Batsmen to have scored 10,000 runs in Tests

(player, team, span, matches, innings, not outs, runs, highest score, average, 100s, 50s)

Sachin Tendulkar (IND) 1989-2013 200 329 33 15921 248 no 53.78 51 68

Ricky Ponting (AUS) 1995-2012 168 287 29 13378 257 51.85 41 62

Jacques Kallis(ICC/RSA) 1995-2013 166 280 40 13289 224 55.37 45 58

Rahul Dravid (ICC/IND) 1996-2012 164 286 32 13288 270 52.31 36 63

Kumar Sangakkara (SRI) 2000-2015 134 233 17 12400 319 57.40 38 52

Brian Lara (ICC/WIS) 1990-2006 131 232 6 11953 400 no 52.88 34 48

Shiv Chanderpaul (WIS) 1994-2015 164 280 49 11867 203 no 51.37 30 66

Mahela Jayawardene (SRI) 1997-2014 149 252 15 11814 374 49.84 34 50

Allan Border (AUS) 1978-1994 156 265 44 11174 205 50.56 27 63

Stephen Waugh (AUS) 1985-2004 168 260 46 10927 200 51.06 32 50

Sunil Gavaskar (IND) 1971-1987 125 214 16 10122 236 no 51.12 34 45

Alastair Cook (ENG) 2006- 128 228 13 10000 294 46.32 28 47

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