England batsman and former captain Alastair Cook has called time on his career announcing that The Oval Test against India will be his last. Cook is a man of many records scoring most runs (12254) and centuries (32) in Tests for England. He also has the highest number of appearances (160) in Tests for his country and taken the highest amount of catches (173) as a fielder. Cricingif takes a look at some interesting records and numbers from his 12 years long Test career in this week’s stats column.
836 – The number of minutes batted by Alastair Cook in the first innings of Abu Dhabi Test against Pakistan in 2015. He is one of the only three batsmen in Test cricket’s 141 years long history to bat for more than 800 minutes – the other two being Gary Kirsten (878) and Hanif Mohammad (970). Cook grinded Pakistan bowlers for close to 14 hours and scored 263 with only 18 boundaries. He ran 7.16 Kilometers between the wickets for his and other batsmen’s singles, twos and threes.
11 – The number of sixes hit by Cook in his 12,254 runs Test career. Among 13 batsmen who have 10,000plus runs in Test cricket, he has the least number of sixes. Interestingly, even the batsmen - Allan Border (28 sixes) and Sunil Gavaskar (26) – who finished their careers two decades before the advent of T20 cricket had hit more sixes than him.
105 – The number of Test in which Cook took his first and only wicket. No other player in history has taken more than 100 Tests to take the first wicket. Next in the list is Brendon McCullum who took his maiden scalp in his 85th Test followed by Mark Boucher (84). Cook bowled 3 overs in his career, the last one accounting for the wicket of Ishant Sharma in Nottingham in 2014.
158 – The number of consecutive Tests played by Cook, the most by anyone in history. If he plays at the Oval, it will be his last and 159th consecutive appearance. Cook was never dropped from the Test side because of performance. The only Test he has missed in his career was due to illness in 2006.
53.13 – Cook’s batting average in Tests in Asia, the highest for any non-Asian opening batsman with at least 1000 runs in Asia. Only two more visiting openers have an average in excess of 50 in Asia – Graeme Smith (50.14) and Matthew Hayden (50.39). Cook also has most runs (2710) and most centuries (9) by a non-Asian in Asia.
2 – The number of times Cook has batted with Stuart Board in Tests. Both have played 122 Tests in over ten years together but got to bat with each other only on two occasions – against Pakistan in Sharjah in 2015 and against Australia in Melbourne in 2017. Prior to Sharjah, Cook and Broad had played 86 Tests together without getting to bat with each other – four matches short of the record by Sanath Jayasuriya and Muttiah Muralitharan, who never had a partnership in 90 Tests together.
1 – Talking of partnerships, Cook has shared 646 partnerships in Tests and only one of them witnessed him getting run out. While he himself has been run out only once, his partners have been run out on 6 occasions.