England's Cook scores 10,000 Test runs

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Alastair Cook reaches 10,000 Test runs

England captain Alastair Cook has become the youngest player to score 10,000 Test runs.

Aged 31, five months and five days, he achieved the landmark by reaching five on the fourth day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street.

He brought up the milestone with a leg-side clip for four off Nuwan Pradeep and saluted the England balcony.

He beat India legend Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 31 years, 10 months and 20 days, which has stood since 2005.

Youngest players to 10,000 Test runs
Player Age Date achieved
Alastair Cook (England) 31 years, 5 months, 5 days 30 May 2016
Sachin Tendulkar (India) 31 years, 10 months, 20 days 16 March 2005
Jacques Kallis (South Africa) 33 years, 4 months, 11 days 27 Feb 2009
Ricky Ponting (Australia) 33 years, 5 months, 11 days 30 May 2008
Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) 34 years, 6 months, 29 days 26 Dec 2011

England’s leading Test run-scorer, Cook is the 12th player in history to 10,000 runs,