Cook piles on the records in Kolkata

Updated: December 6, 2012

England captain Alastair Cook underlined his credentials as the worlds leading opening batsman when he led from the front again come stumps on day 3 of the third Test in Kolkata.

Cook scored his 5th consecutive Test hundred, 3rd of the series and 23rd for England making him the leading century maker in the history of English cricket. Adding to that, earlier in his innings he also became the youngest English batsman to surpass 7000 Test runs, another remarkable achievement.

The England captain was unbeaten on 136 as the tourists reached 216 for one at stumps, having dismissed India for 316 earlier in the day, Monty Panesar again the pick of the England bowlers with 4-90.

England 216 for 1 (Cook 136*, Compton 57) trail India 316 (Tendulkar 76, Gambhir 60, Dhoni 52, Panesar 4-90) by 100 runs