ALASTAIR Cook has become England’s all-time leading Test run-scorer, surpassing his own mentor Graham Gooch.
Cook set the new mark on the second afternoon of the second Investec Test against New Zealand at Headingley on Saturday when he square-drove Tim Southee for four to reach 33 in his 203rd innings – and 8,902 in aggregate.
Gooch’s 8,900 had stood for 20 years as England’s historic benchmark, and Cook insisted before the start of this match that – however many more he makes – he will never consider himself in the class of the man who has taught him much of what he knows, through their close working relationship and friendship since his school days.
Statistically, though, England’s record Test centurion – Cook has 27 – is now their top runscorer too.
He and Adam Lyth, replying to the Kiwis’ 350 all out, steered England to 54 without loss at lunch – each on 27 – and by the time Cook achieved his new national milestone, the hosts were still without loss on 78.