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Alastair Cook has played in 150 Test matches in a row.

Alastair Cook completes remarkable achievement by playing in fifth Ashes Test

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While the fifth and final Ashes Test match in Sydney doesn't have much riding on it in terms of the outcome of the series, England's opening batsman Alastair Cook has surpassed a landmark at the SCG.

On a rain affected opening day of the Test match, Australia restricted their beleaguered English opponents to 233-5, after the tourists lost two quick wickets in the final overs of the day, with Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow both falling to the hosts' bowling attack to leave to contest in the Australian's favour.

Cricket statistician Benedict Bermange has taken a look at the key stats surrounding the individuals involved in the Ashes series, as well as the numbers from the series itself, in a column for Sky Sports.

Here at GiveMeSport, we'll take a look at a few of those stats.

Cook couldn't get close to his heroics of the double hundred that he achieved in Melbourne as he was bowled by Josh Hazelwood for 39, however, the 33-year-old did become only the second batsman in the history of cricket, behind Allan Border, to play in 150 consecutive Test matches throughout his distinguished playing career at international level.

Having achieved the special landmark, Cook then fell just five runs short of 12,000 on a frustrating opening day for his side, in what has been a tough series, on and off the pitch.

When he was dismissed by fast-bowler Hazelwood, Cook had a Test run average aggregate of 11,995 runs.

Cook has been dismissed in the 9,990s by Suranga Lakmal at Chester-le-Street in 2016, as well as the 10,990s by Ravindra Jadeja in Mumbai.

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There may be a lot of discussion involving Cook's future in English cricket, and whether he should continue past this Ashes series, but there can be no doubting his legendary status within the game.

And not just the English game, but the game in general.

Congratulations to Alastair Cook on a remarkable achievement.

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Kevin Pietersen
Cricket
The Ashes
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