Cook goes past Border; sits ninth among leading run-getters

All eight batsmen with higher run-tallies have retired from cricket.

Alastair Cook bats on Thursday at The Oval.   -  AP

Alastair Cook has leapfrogged Allan Border to occupy the ninth spot among leading run-getters in Tests on the first day of the third Basil D’Oliveira Trophy Test on Thursday. The England opener was batting on 72 when rain forced play to be paused at The Oval.

Cook, 32, is England’s highest run-getter in Tests, with Graham Gooch a distant second. He trails Mahela Jayawardene, the retired Sri Lanka batsman, by 568 runs. All eight batsmen with higher run-tallies have retired from cricket.

Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar sits on top of the list with 15,921 runs.

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