England captain Alastair Cook on Monday became the youngest ever player to reach 10,000 Test runs, breaking the record previously held by Indian great batsman Sachin Tendulkar. Alastair Cook became the youngest to do so at 31 years and 157 days old, beating the previous record of Tendulkar, who accomplished the feat when he was 31 years and 326 days old. The milestone has come in Cook’s 127th Test in a career which has seen him become England’s highest Test run scorer, notching 28 centuries along the way.

Alastair Cook, already his country’s leading Test run-scorer, came into the ongoing second Test against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street just 20 runs away from becoming the first Englishman to join the coveted 10k club. Cook was dismissed for 15 runs in the first innings and the landmark came in post-lunch session of the fourth day in the second over of the second innings when he flicked a Nuwan Pradeep delivery to mid-wicket for four.

This was Alastair Cook’s 128th Test and 229th innings at this level. The batsman scored a hundred on 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 Sachin Tendulkar’s all time aggregate Test record of 15,921 runs made in 200 Tests remains to be seen.

Alastair Cook is the 12th batsman to get to 10,000 runs in Tests, after Sachin Tendulkar (India) – 15921 runs, Ricky Ponting (Australia) – 13378, Jacques Kallis (South Africa) – 13289, Rahul Dravid (India) – 13288 runs, Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) – 12400 runs, Brian Lara (West Indies) – 11953 runs, Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies) – 11867, Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) – 11814 runs, Allan Border (Australia) – 11174 runs, Steve Waugh (Australia) – 10927 runs, Sunil Gavaskar (India) – 10122 runs, Alastair Cook (England) – 10000* runs.

Alastair Cook is the 12th player in history to pass 10,000 runs, and only the second opener.

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