Ali Cook becomes the leading run scorer for a left handed batsmen and Jimmy Anderson becomes the leading wicket taker for a seamer - in the same f**king Test.
Well in boys!!!
It's great that they're really good mates as well.
Cooky, it's gonna be damn near impossible to replace you. We've seen how difficult it's been to replace Strauss and find Cook an opening partner for a sustained period of time so now having to replace our greatest ever batsmen is going to be one b***ard decision for the selectors. I still have a funny feeling that he'll be talked out of retirement in time for the Ashes next year though. Two disappointing tours of Sri Lanka and the West Indies for our openers and there'll be talk from everybody to get Cook back in the side ahead of the Aussies.
As for Jimmy, he is just boss. To go past the names he has is impressive but to surpass Glenn McGrath is unbelievable. Those of us who were lucky, or maybe unlucky as an England fan, to see McGrath know just how good he was. He was, for me, the best there's even been. So for Jimmy to of taken more Test match wickets than him is testament to just how good Jimmy is. Well f**king done Jimbo, deserve all the credit in the world mate. He's not gonna catch Murali or Warne but there's a chance he could overtake Kumble and become the third highest wicket taker of all time. He only needs a couple of good series and with the West Indies coming up (albeit just three Tests) and then the Ashes back in England, there's a good chance he could get the 50 odd wickets he needs. Sri Lankan conditions won't offer him too much but he'll pick up a few wickets I would imagine just because he is that good.
F***ing made up for both of them.
Gotta end on a note to Alastair Cook. Thank you Chef. You have been a joy to watch for the past decade and a bit. The biggest compliment I can give is that Marcus Trescothick's retirement didn't cause a problem for the team because of how good you were from your opening Test. Tressy was one of the best and he and Strauss made a great opening partnership but you just replaced him with ease. Fantastic player and deserve every plaudit that comes your way.
Thank you Chef!!!