Cook humbled to better Bradman
Alastair Cook confessed to having mixed emotions after breaking Don Bradman’s Brisbane record as his maiden first-class double century emphatically secured a draw in the opening Ashes Test match.
Cook batted for 10 and a half hours en route to 235 not out as the tourists amassed a second innings 517 for one declared today - their highest total at the Gabba - having conceded a 221-run first innings deficit.
Set a notional 297 to win, Australia reached 107 for one from 26 overs when the sides shook hands.
Shortly before England’s declaration, Cook passed Bradman's 226 for Australia versus South Africa in 1931.
Having faced 428 balls, 26 of which he struck for four, he admitted: "I feel slightly humble at that, slightly ruining all the records there for the wrong reasons but it's a nice one to have.”
The left-handed opener knew he had done himself and his country proud, but initially appeared largely oblivious of the history made.
That included overtaking a recent landmark as Cook and Jonathan Trott’s second-wicket partnership of 329 surpassed Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin’s 307-run alliance on day three of this game.
"We didn't know about all the records, until Mark Nicholas started saying we’d broken a few, so Trotty and I might have to start digging to see what we have achieved," he added.
"It's been a fantastic couple of days. The pitch was amazing to bat on and got better and better; the conditions were in our favour but you still have to go and get them.”
The 25-year-old, who resumed on 132 this morning, registered his maiden first-class double ton after receiving plenty of encouragement overnight.
"It's my first in first-class cricket,” he said. “I had a lot of texts last night saying make it 'daddy' hundred. That's pretty much a 'daddy' hundred."
Cook got his eye in with a first-innings half-century on day one.
"Getting through the first couple of hours gave me a lot of confidence, but I was very disappointed after getting out for 67.
"It was very frustrating, and I was ultra-determined to make it count if I got in again. Luckily I did."
Cook had only minor moments of fortune, including on 209 when Ricky Ponting claimed a low catch at midwicket only for the officials to call on a ruling from the third umpire.
"You're entitled to stand your ground and wait for the decision," he underlined.
"I wasn't sure it carried - and I don't think Ricky was totally sure either. I was going to wait."
Trott, whose unbeaten 135 was his second ton in as many Tests versus Australia, hailed a job well done.
"It's nice to get in and play a big part with Alastair and to help save the game. I'm just happy to contribute really,” said the number three batsman, who began the morning on 54.
"It's a very difficult game, as we all know. I'm very pleased with how it's gone."
Trott paid tribute to Cook and captain Andrew Strauss for playing calm and confident knocks to get the ball rolling in the second-innings reply.
"The way Andrew and Alastair batted at the beginning set the tempo for the innings,” he observed.
“It's always nice to come in when you're 180 for one (sic), the job was done by them and we just continued to do the work really.
"We wanted to get it on a bit and set them something and have a little bowl at them and see what we could do.
“That was the sort of impetus that we needed, and it was nice to go through the gears in a Test match."