After a long hard time in the field no-one, not even Cook himself, expected the amount of runs the England captain would score. Yes it was a pitch with completely nothing in for the bowlers but even so, 263 is no small feat!!!
Although the game ended in a draw, there were some superb batting performances. This showed in the 2 double centuries, 1 century and 5 half-centuries. In the Pakistan first innings, the opener Hafeez fell 2 runs short of a century, Malik smashed away an incredible 245 and Shafiq got 107. When England finally got to bat though, Cook beat Malik’s superb knock with an incredible 263 runs off 528 balls spending a massive 831 minutes at the crease (longest ever by an English batsmen).
The unfair pitch was leaning so much towards the batsmen, it was late on day 4 when Pakistan got their 2nd innings started 75 runs behind England. When Cook then came out after lunch on day 5, they were incredibly only 98 runs ahead due to a massive collapse. It was a T20 style chase but England couldn’t quite get to 99, only 25 away from a famous victory.
Although it wasn’t to be for the England chase, Alistar Cook will remember this match for ever.