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Cook eclipses Waugh, eyes Border's mark

01 December 2016

The England skipper is closing on Allan Border's all-time Test run-scoring mark // Getty

England captain Alastair Cook continues his ascent up the list of Test cricket's all-time leading run scorers by passing an Australian legend

Alastair Cook may be in the middle of a testing tour of India, but the England captain continues to keep the statisticians busy.

The 138-Test veteran moved past former Australian skipper Steve Waugh into 10th place on the Test leading run-scorers list during the third day of the third Test in Mohali.

While Cook made just 12 from 49 deliveries, it was enough to lift his career tally to 10,934 runs, putting him ahead of Waugh, who punched out 10,927 runs during a decorated 168-test career.

The left-hander is now 241 runs away from overtaking another ex-Australia captain, Allan Border, who made 11,174 runs in 156 Tests.

While England have slipped to a 2-0 deficit against India with two Tests remaining, Cook continues to lead from the front.

The 31-year-old has 30 tons and 53 half-centuries to his name from 249 innings and is the most prolific England batsman in Test history.

Last month, Cook became the first player to score 10,000 runs as an opener during the second Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur.

Quick Single: Cook carves out more Test history

Only six players history have posted more than 8,000 runs from the top of the order in the five-day format, with Cook the first to five figures, ahead of a legendary group containing Sunil Gavaskar (9,607), Graeme Smith (9,030), Matthew Hayden (8,625), Virender Sehwag (8,207) and Geoffrey Boycott (8,091).

Cook also became England's most capped Test cricketer in October, overtaking Alec Stewart when he made his 134th appearance.

He has notched six centuries against India and five against Pakistan and West Indies.

Cook hammered 130 in the second innings of the first Test in Rajkot as his team recorded a draw, but England slip to a 2-0 deficit in Mohali. The previously had beaten India 2-1 away from home in 2012-13.

Cook's history as England secure win

Cook led the way with the bat in the 2010-11 Ashes, scoring 766 runs at a Bradman-esque average of 127.66, as the tourists powered to a 3-1 series victory.

The elegant batsman was named player of the series after plundering three centuries, highlighted by an unbeaten 235 in the first Test. He also scored 148 in the second Test and 189 in the fifth Test.

But England's most experienced captain – he has been skipper 57 times for 24 wins – has cast doubt on whether he'll still be at the helm for next year's Ashes series in Down Under.

Quick Single: Captain Cook shows Australia the way

It would be Cook's fourth Ashes and second as captain after he took over from Andrew Strauss in 2012.

"Deep down I don't know how much longer I am going to carry on," he told ESPN.

"It could be two months, it could be a year."

Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar heads the list of leading run-scorers with 15,921 runs from 200 Tests.

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