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Former Australian Cricketer Border hails 'stunning' Cook as he equals his record

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 24 May 2018, 19:00 IST

Australia awesome Allan Border lauded the "astonishing" Alastair Cook as the England batsman equalled his record of 153 successive Tests by playing in the arrangement opener against Pakistan at Lord's on Thursday.

This was the 154th Test of opener Cook's profession - with just disease after he made a century on make a big appearance against India at Nagpur in 2006 intruding on an arrangement where he has never been dropped by the selectors.

Allan Border and Cook are both abrasive left-gave batsmen, each having scored in excess of 11 000 Test runs and captained their separate nations to Ashes achievement.

They have also won a County Championship title with Essex.

Yet, at 33, Cook is somewhere in the range of five years more youthful than when Border played his 153rd Test, a reflection both of England's substantial program and the inexorably congested nature of present day universal cricket.

As reported in  Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper Allan Border cited that.“I didn’t realise anyone was getting that close in terms of consecutive Test matches, but it is an amazing thing,”

“I’ve been a great fan of his from a distance over the years. I don’t know him well, but we’ve got that Essex connection.

“I spent two fantastic years playing there and so I’ve watched his progress as a former player from the club.

“To have stayed fit and able to play that many consecutive games is remarkable,” the 62-year-old added.

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First published: 24 May 2018, 18:51 IST