AS the RTN goes to press, England’s cricketers are well in charge in the Fourth Test Match being played in Melbourne, but with the series and the Ashes lost, the encouraging fight back is all in vain. However, a number of cricket records are being broken during this latest England and Australia encounter such as…
During Alastair Cook’s 244 not out, he moved up to sixth on the list of all-time Test run scorers and is now above Brian Lara.
With nine wickets down, this could be the first time that Cook has carried his bat in 271 first-class matches. It all depends on Jimmy Anderson at No 11.
This is Alastair Cook’s fifth Test Match double century, putting him in second place for England behind Wally Hammond (7) and in front of Len Hutton (4) and Kevin Pietersen (3). He has also joined the select band of batsmen that have scored at least two double centuries in Ashes cricket. They are Donald Bradman (8), Wally Hammond (4), Bobby Simpson (3), and current Aussie captain Steve Smith (2).
Former captain Cook also overtook Wally Hammond’s 1928 innings of 200 as the highest by an England batsman in a Test at Melbourne and then subsequently Viv Richards’ score of 208 as the highest by a visiting batsman at the ground, and only four visiting players have made individual scores of at least 250 in Australia, the highest being Ross Taylor’s 290 for New Zealand at Perth in 2015.
Another record to fall during the England innings belongs to Stuart Broad whose innings of 56 is the highest by an England No 10 batsman in Tests in Australia, surpassing the 50 not out from Tich Freeman at Sydney in 1924 and by David Allen at Sydney in 1966.