Melbourne: Underfire former England skipper Alastair Cook goes past West Indian great Brain Lara in list of all time highest run getters as he slammed a double hundred during the Day 3 of the fourth Ashes test match at the Melbourne cricket Ground (MCG).
Cook received a lot of flak for his underwhelming performances in the Ashes series where he was unable to score even a single half-century score in the first three matches. But he turned back the clock on Thursday as he played with composure and elegance to stroke an unbeaten 244.
Cook now has 11956* runs in 151 matches and he is at sixth position in leading run getters behind Tendulkar, Kallis, Ponting, Dravid and Sangakkara. Cook was rock-solid on Tursday as he took his side to a strong position on the third day. England now leads by 192 runs in the second innings with two more days left in the test match.
Cook admitted his place was in jeopardy in the side after the loss of form and he was under tremendous pressure to turn things around. He also said that he felt his career is over before this innings.
“All tour I’ve been struggling with rhythm, I’ve actually been embarrassed about my performances,” Cook told The Guardian.