Alastair Cook Breaks Graham Gooch's Record, Becomes England's Highest Run-getter in Tests
Alastair Cook moved up to 13th place on the all-time list of leading run-scorers in Test cricket, where retired Indian great Sachin Tendulkar remains way out in front with 15,921 runs in 200 matches.
Alastair Cook became Englands highest-ever run-scorer in Test cricket when he broke the record of batting mentor Graham Gooch during the second Test against New Zealand at Headingley on Saturday.
The 30-year-old left-handed opener started England's reply to New Zealand's first innings 350 on Saturday needing just 32 more runs to surpass Gooch's mark of 8,900 runs in 118 Tests.
Cook, first coached by ex-England captain Gooch as a schoolboy, reached lunch unbeaten on 27. (Anderson Joins 400 Club in Test Cricket)
Then, to his 13th ball after lunch Cook passed Gooch -- whose runs came in four more Tests (118 to 114) -- when he square-drove Tim Southee for four to break a record that had stood for nearly 22 years.
By going past Gooch, Cook moved up to 13th place on the all-time list of leading run-scorers in Test cricket, where retired India great Sachin Tendulkar remains way out in front with 15,921 runs in 200 matches.