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Alastair Cook’s made world Record; but his poor form continues

England opener Alastair Cook started the 3rd test of Ashes against Australia with the World Record on Thursday. While playing his 150th test, he left behind Team India’s former captain Rahul Dravid. Cook achieved this in just 11 years and 288 days leaving behind Indian former cricketer Rahul Dravid who played his 150th Test for 14 years and 200 days. In this list, former Australian captain Allan Border is the third player to have played 14 years and 143 days of his career in the 150th Test.

Here is the list of players with 150 Tests with number of years and days

Player Years and Days
Alastair Cook  11 years, 288 days
Rahul Dravid 14 years, 200 days
Allan Border 14 years, 243 days
Ricky Ponting 14 years, 365 days
Jacques Kallis 16 years, 23 days

However, Alastair Cook could not make this achievement memorable and only 7 runs in 16 balls returned pavilion. Left arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc got Cook out LBW. Somehow Alastair Cook is not in good form Since his last innings of 243 runs in the Birmingham against the West Indies. Cook has made only 130 runs in his last nine innings with no fifties. That is his second-worst nine-innings sequence in Tests. He made 129 runs in nine innings in 2014 – the only other time he has batted nine innings without a fifty.

This morning when England won the toss and elected to bat first, they wouldn’t have ask better start more than this as  they are already scored more than 300 runs for loss of just four wickets at the end of day 1 close. It’s already their highest total of the series. Malan (110 not out) made his maiden Test century, an innings that was so impressive in so many different ways; and Bairstow (75 not out) , promoted to No. 6, reached his highest score against Australia. Both the batsman at crease and added 174* runs for the 5th wicket.

Some of the rare records that were made on day 1 of the 3rd Ashes Test

  • This is only the third time that England has posted 300+ on the opening day of a Test in Australia since 1900.
Score Venue Year
328/5 Sydney 1966
312/5  Melbourne  1966
305/4  Perth 2017
  • Dawid Malan becomes the fifth English batsman to score their maiden Test century at the WACA
Player Venue Year
Brian Luckhurst WACA, Perth 1970
Chris Broad  WACA, Perth 1986
Jack Richards  WACA, Perth 1986
Ben Stokes WACA, Perth 2013
Dawid Malan  WACA, Perth 2017
  • Cook became only the eighth player in Test history to play 150 Tests
Player Span Mat Runs HS Avg 100
S Tendulkar (IND) 1989-2013 200 15921 248* 53.78 51
R Ponting (AUS) 1995-2012 168 13378 257 51.85 41
S Waugh (AUS) 1985-2004 168 10927 200 51.06 32
J Kallis (SA) 1995-2013 166 13289 224 55.37 45
S Chanderpaul (WI) 1994-2015 164 11867 203* 51.37 30
R Dravid (IND) 1996-2012 164 13288 270 52.31 36
A Border (AUS) 1978-1994 156 11174 205 50.56 27
A Cook (ENG) 2006-2017 150* 11698 294 45.69 31


  • 32 years 154 days – Cook became the youngest player to feature in 150 Tests. He got there before his 33rd birthday, beating the previous record held by Sachin Tendulkar, who got there when he was 35 years and 106 days.

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