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Cook overtakes Tendulkar as youngest batsman to score 10,000 Test runs

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London: England captain Alastair Cook on Monday surpassed Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the youngest batsman to accumulate 10,000 runs in Test cricket.

Cook achieved this milestone at the age of 31, five months and five days as England comprehensively defeated Sri Lanka by nine wickets inside four days in the second Test at the Riverside in Chester-le-Street.

England won the series 2-0 with the third Test to be played on June 9 at Lord’s. Cook, who needed just five more runs to enter the five-figure mark, remained unbeaten on 47.

He also became the first Englishman to join the elite club comprising stalwarts like Sunil Gavaskar, Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Brian Lara, Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Mahela Jayawardene and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the Guardian reported.

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara was the last man to join the club in December 2012.

Cook, who has played 127 Tests for England and scored 28 centuries, broke Tendulkar’s record of 31 years, 10 months and 20 days, which has stood since 2005. (ANI)

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