Cook waits to join 10 000 Test-run club

2016-05-19 14:07
Alastair Cook (AFP)

Leeds - Alastair Cook was left 20 runs short of becoming the first English batsman to score 10,000 Test runs after falling for 16 on the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley on Thursday.

The England captain started his innings needing just 36 more runs to become only the 12th player in history to reach the landmark after Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews won the toss and elected to field.

Left-handed opener Cook got off the mark with a four and rarely looked in trouble until, pushing out to a wide delivery, he was caught behind off Dasun Shanaka to give the debutant his first Test wicket and leave England 49 for one.

It was the start of a brilliant spell from all-rounder Shanaka, who took three for one on eight balls including dismissing Nick Compton and Joe Root for ducks, as England slumped to 51 for three.

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