31/05/2016 8:33 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST

Alastair Cook Beats Sachin Tendulkar's Record, Becomes Youngest Test Cricketer To Score 10,000 Runs

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CHESTER-LE-STREET, ENGLAND - MAY 30: England captain Alastair Cook relaxes in the dressing room after reaching 10,000 test runs and winning the 2nd Investec Test match between England and Sri Lanka at Emirates Durham ICG on May 30, 2016 in Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom.

Chester-Le-Street, UK -- Alastair Cook became the first England batsman to score 10,000 Test runs when he made five against Sri Lanka on the fourth day of the second Test at the Riverside on Friday.

The England captain became just the 12th batsman -- and the only one still playing Tests -- in history to reach the landmark when the left-handed opener clipped Nuwan Pradeep for four through mid-wicket.

He was also the youngest to do so at 31 years and 157 days old, beating the previous record of India great Sachin Tendulkar (31 years and 326 days).

This was Cook's 128th Test and 229th innings at this level.

The Essex batsman scored a hundred on debut against India at Nagpur in 2006 and has now made 28 Test centuries.

At 31, Cook could have several more years as an international cricketer left in him, but whether he will break Tendulkar's all time aggregate Test record of 15,921 runs made in 200 Tests remains to be seen.

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