Alastair Cook relieved to get 10,000-run landmark out of the way

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Alastair Cook spoke of his pride and relief at passing 10,000 Test runs after England secured an Investec series win against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street with a nine-wicket victory.

England wrapped up the second Test inside four days to take an unassailable 2-0 lead with one to go but the highlight of the day was skipper Cook's unbeaten 47, which saw him become the first Englishman to reach the landmark.

The 31-year-old, who struck a boundary to join an 11-strong group of players to achieve the feat, told Sky Sports: "I don't think it whistled, I think it trickled over! I was coming back for three, but it's a very special moment for me.

"The game is not about personal milestones, if you're honest it's about winning games of cricket for England and trying to score runs to do that.

"But second to that there are little milestones along the way and certainly it's been a little bit on my shoulder, I can't lie to you.

"Everyone telling me how many I need for it, so it's a really special day.

"It's great that my family are here to see it. Unfortunately mum and dad went home last night but I'm sure they're watching on TV.

"For me personally to do that, it's a very special moment.

"You see today, you get your runs but it's those 7 o'clock nets with Goochy (Graham Gooch), all the hard work that goes into it away from this stage to get you there."

Cook also paid tribute to bowler James Anderson, whose five for 58 - his third five-wicket haul of the series - took his own career aggregate past 450.

"But I suppose the one thing I am proud of - to be at the top of the order against the new ball to score the runs, it does mean a lot but I couldn't do it without the support of my family, the team-mates - seeing Jimmy (Anderson) going 450 wickets," the 31-year-old added.

"We were on that plane together from the West Indies to Nagpur 10 years ago. It's been great to share these moments with people like that.

"And obviously my wife and my daughter, without their support it makes this game a lot harder."

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