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England coach backs Cook to top Tendulkar total

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England coach Trevor Bayliss believes Alastair Cook has it in him to surpass India great Sachin Tendulkar as Test cricket’s all-time leading run-scorer.

Cook became just the 12th player in history to score 10,000 Test runs during the course of his unbeaten 47 as England beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the second Test at the Riverside in Chester-le-Street on Monday.

The England captain was also the first Englishman to achieve the feat and, at 31 years and 157 days, the youngest to get to the landmark, breaking Tendulkar’s record by more than five months.

Cook is unlikely ever to play white ball international cricket again having been dropped from the one-day side prior to last year’s 50-over World Cup.

But even without that burden, Tendulkar’s aggregate tally of 15,921 Test runs is still some way off for left-handed opener Cook, who now has 10,042 to his credit….

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