The Courier-Mail

Captain Cook humbled in passing Gooch’s runs record


ALASTAIR Cook became England’s leading all-time run-scorer in Test cricket yesterday, overtaking the record of mentor and friend Graham Gooch that has stood for 20 years.

The England captain began the second Test against New Zealand at Headingley 31 runs behind Gooch, who held the national record of 8900.

Cook, 30, passed the milestone just after the lunch interval on day two of the Test when he drove Tim Southee through the covers for four, taking him to 33 for the innings.

Cook worked under Gooch as an 18-year-old at English county side Essex, and again for almost five years with England when Gooch was the national team’s batting coach.

“It is a very special day for me personally,” Cook said.

“I can’t really describe it, to be on top of the list. I don’t deserve to be there with the way I play.”

Cook was out for 75 as England reached 5-253 at stumps in reply to New Zealand’s first innings 350.

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