Former England skipper Alastair Cook completed 24,000 First Class runs of his career during the Bob Willis Trophy game on Monday. Cook reached the milestone on his way to scoring his 66th First class century in a game against Hampshire.
The match has been disrupted on several occasions due to the rain but the left-handed batsman managed to score 129 runs and also power his team to 249/3. The first day of the match ended without a single ball being bowled. While on the second day only 47 overs of the play was possible, followed by 32 overs of on the third day.
During his knock, Cook orchestrated a beautiful innings, combined with arsenal of shots to score his century off 180 balls. Cook also became the first active player in the world to have scored 24,000 runs.
After reaching the rare milestone Alastair Cook spoke about his milestone as he said:
“It is a good wicket to bat on. It is very sub-continent like. In the first few overs you wonder where your next run is coming from because it is hard to time the ball.
“When Dan Lawrence was batting he was like ‘where am I scoring?’ and I told him ‘trust me, it will come to you, and once you get in it is almost a case of not making a mistake – which suits my game.
“I’ve batted with ‘The Kid’ a few times and we have seen this winter that he has taken huge strides as a batsman. For a 23-year-old, his development is going as well as it can, and he’s ready for an England chance whenever it might come.”