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Tough runs under pressure: Alastair Cook’s best England Test innings


From a century on debut, via a career-saving innings against Pakistan, to an Ashes series in which Australia became sick of the sight of him: the former captain’s best Test knocks

You just knew. It was not just that Alastair Cook scored a century on debut at the age of 21; it was the way he did it – calmly, methodically and straight after a three-day trip from the England A tour of the Caribbean. It was clear Cook would score many more Test hundreds, not least because he knew his limits – and accepted them – better than most senior batsmen. His cherubic features caught the eye of one local fan, who scrawled a marriage proposal on a banner. Cook grew to love being in Asia, too; he has scored more Test runs on the subcontinent than any other non-Asian batsmen.

Most Test runs for England

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