KP backs 'super player' Cook to become England's most prolific Test centurion

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 05:50 hrs

Kevin Pietersen has backed captain Alastair Cook to become England's most prolific Test centurion in future after the duo scored impressive tons to put them in complete control of the second Test match against India in Mumbai.

Cook hit 122 and Pietersen notched an impressive 186 on day two of the Mumbai Test to put England in driver's seat.

Both Cook and Pietersen moved to 22 Test hundreds, a record-equalling total for England.

"Alastair Cook will comfortably surpass any hundred [total] that anybody else who plays for England [gets]," the BBC quoted Pietersen, as saying.

"He is a super player, he is a super guy. He should go on to score thousands and thousands of more runs," he added.

"Cook played beautifully and never made one mistake until he finally got out. Cook plays the way I like to see an opening batsman play: he seals one end, sees the bowlers off and makes a platform for the middle order," he said.

Asked if Cook could be top of the list and never be beaten, Pietersen said: "He should be, he definitely should."

"He's only 27. He's a young pup, he is fit. He has a great head. He is very calm and nobody should beat him," he added.

But while the 32-year-old batsman was delighted with his 22nd Test hundred, he insists it will only be worthwhile if England get over the line against India on Monday.

"It is really nice to get a hundred for England. [It] will mean a lot more if we get the win on Monday. It is a great feeling," Pietersen said.

"Any Test match hundred that you end up being on the winning side, is a lot better than being on the losing side," he added. (ANI)

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