England’s captain Alastair Cook closes in on magic run mark


LEEDS — England captain Alastair Cook said on Wednesday he was well aware that his looming membership of the 10,000 Test-run club would be a significant landmark in an already successful career.

The 31-year-old left-handed opener needs just 36 more runs to become the first Englishman — and only the 12th player overall — to score 10,000 runs in Tests and he will hope to get there in this week’s first Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley that starts today.

“It would mean a lot and, hopefully, I can get there sooner rather than later, so we can talk about something else. It’s a big milestone in terms of the people who have done it previously, so it would be great to try and score these 36 runs.

“I’ve just got to put that to bed after this press conference and try and do what I’ve done in the previous 10 years, which is just try and concentrate on that ball coming down and nothing else,” Cook told reporters yesterday. (bdlive.co.za)


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