Days after playing the monumental 244-run knock in the fourth Ashes Test, former England skipper Alastair Cook added yet another feather to his already illustrious cap when he came out to bat in the ongoing fifth, and final Ashes Test in Sydney.

As soon as he came out with his bat at the Sydney Cricket Ground, he became only the second player after Allan Border to play in 150 or more consecutive Tests for a team.

Cook, who made his debut way back in 2006, has so far played 152 Tests and has featured in all of England’s last 150 Tests. Border, who tops the list, represented Australia in 153 consecutive Tests before retiring with 156 games to his name. The highest-ranked Indian in the list is former Sunil Gavaskar who played 106 successive Tests.

Here is the list of top ten players who have played most consecutive Tests for a team:

Player Team Matches From Until
Allan Border Australia 153 10 Mar 1979 25 Mar 1994
Alastair Cook England 149* 11 May 2006 26 Dec 2017
Mark Waugh Australia 107 3 Jun 1993 19 Oct 2002
Sunil Gavaskar India 106 23 Jan 1975 3 Feb 1987
Brendon McCullum New Zealand 101 10 Mar 2004 20 Feb 2016
AB de Villiers South Africa 98 17 Dec 2004 2 Jan 2015
Adam Gilchrist Australia 96 5 Nov 1999 24 Jan 2008
Rahul Dravid India 93 20 Jun 1996 10 Dec 2005
Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka 93 8 Nov 2002 3 Jan 2013
Gundappa Viswanath India 87 19 Mar 1971 30 Jan 1983

Meanwhile, Cook could not make the milestone game a memorable one, as Josh Hazlewood dismissed him for 39. The 33-year old, however, has already proved his worth with the stunning double century in the last Test after being under immense pressure.

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The unbeaten 244-run knock made Cook the first Englishman since Wally Hammond to score a double hundred at the MCG and it also made England’s leading run-scorer in Tests to surpass Viv Richard’s record of the highest score made by any player against Australia in Melbourne.

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