Kevin Pietersen congratulates Alastair Cook on equalling his own record

England skipper Alastair Cook struck a superb century on Day 3 of the ongoing 1st Test match against Pakistan in UAE. With his 28th Test hundred, Cook also reached several milestones on Thursday.

Kevin Pietersen congratulates Alastair Cook on equalling his own record

New Delhi: England skipper Alastair Cook struck a superb century on Day 3 of the ongoing 1st Test match against Pakistan in UAE. With his 28th Test hundred, Cook also reached several milestones on Thursday.

The left-hander surpassed the 1000-run-mark in the calendar year and this was fourth overall as he equalled Kevin Pietersen's English record of scoring 1000 runs in a year on four occasions.

Kevin Pietersen praised Cook and stated that he is a very good batter and hopes that the latter gets to score 1000 runs in a calendar year on more occasions.

Cook defined his solidity as England fought back on Day 3 after Pakistan scored 523/8 in their first innings. Cook scored his 28th Test ton and overtook Graeme Smith and Allan Border (27). Cook has been one of England's best batsmen ever in Test cricket as he heads the list of highest centuries scored by an English batsman.

With this ton, Cook has eight Test centuries in Asia, and equalled the record of former South African legend Jacques Kallis. This is the highest number of centuries scored by a non-Asian player.