A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss become fifth pair to register 5,000 runs

Strauss and Cook have joined an elite group of cricketers with the passing of their milestone

England captain Andrew Strauss and his opening partner Alastair Cook have become the fifth pair in Test cricket history to record 5,000 runs together.

The pair went past the milestone during their 89 run partnership during the second Test against the West Indies at Trent Bridge.

The other four pairs to accomplish the feat before Strauss and Cook are Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes of the West Indies, Australia’s Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer, India’s Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar and finally Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.

(partners, country, span, innings, not outs, runs, highest stand, average runs per stand, century stands, fifty stands)

R Dravid/S Tendulkar (India) 1996-2012, 143 innings, 6 not outs, 6,920 runs, 249 is the pairs highest stand, they have an average of 50.51, 20 century stands, 29 fifty stands.

G Greenidge/D Haynes (West Indies) 1978-1991, 148 innings, 11 not outs, 6,482 runs, 298 is the pairs highest stand, they have an average of 47.31, 16 century stands, 26 fifty stands.

M Hayden/J Langer (Australia) 1997-2007, 122 innings, 4 not outs, 6,081 runs, 255 is the pairs highest stand, they have an average of 51.53, 14 century stands, 28 fifty stands.

M Jayawardene/K Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 2000-current day 97 innings, 3 not outs, 5,444 runs, 624 is the pairs highest stand, they have an average of 57.91, 14 century stands, 23 fifty stands.

A Cook/A Strauss (England) 2006-current day 125 innings, 2 not outs, 5,085 runs, 229 is the pairs highest stand, they have an average of 41.34, 14 century stands, 19 fifty stands.

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