Alastair Cook – The highs and lows

Cook retires as the only Test cricketer to score in excess of 10,000 runs as opener. © GettyMost runs by visiting batsman in Asia

Alastair CookEng285526353.14911
Jacques KallisRSA254417355.6288
Ricky PontingAus284815041.98510
Hashim AmlaRSA2543253*47.6775
S ChanderpaulWI2747203*48.6848
Most runs between Dec 2010 and May 2013
Alastair CookEng447629456.55169
Michael ClarkeAus3969329*55.971111
Hashim AmlaRSA3356311*66.501313
Jonathan TrottEng427322649.12816
Kumar SangakkaraSL305521963.101310


Cook’s poor runs in Test career
June 2013 – Sep 2014173189929.9717950/9
Jun 2017 – present2036119734.2014244*2/3
Highest difference between away & home average in Ashes Tests
PlayerTeamTestsOverall AvgHome AvgAway AvgAvg Diff
Bill PonsfordAus2047.2134.5662.4027.84
Steve WaughAus4658.1847.4874.2326.74
Don BradmanAus3789.7978.47102.8524.38
Wally HammondEng3351.8537.8761.9124.04
Mark TaylorAus3342.3131.4552.8021.35
Alastair CookEng3540.2129.6148.9419.33
A few interesting stats nuggets from Cook’s Test career
+ The Oval Test will be Cook’s 159th consecutive appearance for England in Tests – the most ever by any player in succession. The only match he missed was in his maiden series against India due to a stomach bug.
+ Cook remains the only player to score in excess of 10,000 runs opening the batting. Out of his 12254 runs, 11627 runs have come while opening the innings.
+ Cook has been involved in 24 century partnerships for the first wicket – the joint most in Test cricket along side Jack Hobbs and Graeme Smith.
+ Cook is one of the three players to score 1000-plus runs in their debut calendar year. He scored 1013 runs in the year 2006.
+ He scored hundreds in each of his first five Tests as captain – the only player to do so.
+ His knock of 263 against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in 2015 lasted 836 minutes – the third longest innings ever in terms of minutes batted in the history of Test cricket.
+ His last hundred – unbeaten 244 at the MCG – is the highest by any player carrying the bat in Test cricket.
+ He holds the England record for most Test caps (160), most wins (66), most losses (55) and most Tests leading them (59).