England captain Alastair Cook was still waiting for his 10,000th Test run after falling five short of the landmark figure on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Riverside on Friday.
Left-handed opener Cook, who won the toss and elected to bat, started his innings knowing he needed to make 20 to become the first Englishman and only 12th player in history to score 10,000 Test runs.
But he fell for 15 when, not moving his feet, he was drawn into steering recalled paceman Suranga Lakmal to second slip, where Dimuth Karunaratne held a good, two-handed, diving catch.
Cook’s exit left England 39 for one in the 14th over.
He could still reach the landmark total of 10,000 Test runs if England bat again in this match.
Cook – who was set to become the youngest to touch the 10,000 run-mark beating Tendulkar – was dismissed on 16 in the first Test against Sri Lanka here on Thursday. Dasun Shanaka broke his concentration and stole an edge, Dinesh Chandimal made no mistake behind the stumps. He batted for 91 minutes.
When Tendulkar scored 10,000 – he was 31 years, 10 months old whereas Cook turned 31 six months back, on December 25.
Nonetheless, the record remained intact.
“It’s a big milestone in terms of the people who have done it previously so it would be great to try and score these 36 runs,” Cook said. “I’ve just got to put that to bed … and try and do what I’ve done in the previous 10 years, which is just try and concentrate on that ball coming down and nothing else,” Cook said.