Typical of the man, Alastair Cook passes Test milestone with minimum of fuss

Captain will not have minded lack of fanfare when he became the first England batsman to reach 10,000 runs with a characteristic clip off his pads for four

For the punters there was rare value for money. A ticket on the fourth day entitled them to entry at Durham’s next Twenty20 match; they witnessed far more cricket than anticipated, which included defiance that was silky (from Dinesh Chandimal), plucky (from Rangana Herath) and lucky (in that England’s high standards in the field faltered as Jonny Bairstow and James Vince spilt chances they should have taken).

And there was a bit of history, which, like England’s victory in this series, has been awaited for rather longer than anticipated: Alastair Cook finally notched his 10,000th Test run.

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