5 highest scoring Test innings of Alaistar Cook
Alastair Cook is a name that needs no introduction. The left-hander is one of the greatest Test cricketers of all-time. A career filled with a lot of accolades, he was the ICC Test Player of the Year in 2011. He is also the only England cricketer to score 7 centuries the 23rd birthday. Cook was the first England player to be involved in 50 Test wins.
In 160 Tests, Cook has scored 12242 runs at an average of 45.01 with 56 half-centuries and 32 centuries. He is on track to break Sachin's record of highest number of Test matches (200). Cook is a really good slip fielder and has taken 168 catches till date.
Cook is known for his delicious cut shots and on his day, he is a nightmare to even some of the world's best bowlers. We now take a look at five of Alastair Cook's highest-scoring Test innings.
#5 235* vs Australia, Brisbane, 2010
The 2010-11 Ashes series was in Australia and the England team was very hungry to win the series. In the first Test, Strauss won the toss and decided to bat first. Peter Siddle ripped through the England batting lineup as they got bundled out for just 260.
Australia in return scored 481, on the back of Hussey's 195 and Haddin's 136. The Hussey-Haddin duo built a partnership of 307 runs for the 6th wicket before the latter got out. With a huge first innings trail of 221 runs, England came out to bat in their second innings.
The top 3 English batsmen exploded with centuries in the second innings to score a total of 517/1 before they decided to declare. Cook had a major share in this as he scored his maiden double-century with 235 off 428 balls with 26 fours. He was involved in a first wicket partnership of 188 with skipper Strauss and 329-run second wicket partnership with Trott.
The Kangaroos in their second innings scored 107 for the loss of one wicket and the match was drawn. Cook was the Man of the Match for his maiden double-century that saved the game for England.