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England's Alastair Cook determined to repay mentor with big century

Alastair Cook insists he will never be in the same class as Graham Gooch, but when he surpasses the "great man" as England's record Test runs scorer he knows exactly how to start repaying him.

The England captain needs just 32 more runs in the second Investec Test at Headingley which starts today to go past his mentor's 8,900, and admits it will be a strange experience to statistically exceed the man who has helped mould his career since he was a schoolboy.

He knows too it will be no way to do Gooch justice if he stops there, when his country will need many more than 30-something from him in Leeds to try to help them take the series 2-0 after their dramatic victory over New Zealand at Lord's.

At the prospect of going past Gooch, he said: "I wouldn't put myself anywhere near in his class, but it would be a great moment.

"However nice it would be - if I do score 30, 31, 32 or whatever it is to pass the great man - that won't be enough for the game. If I'm lucky enough to get that, it will be a moment I'll remember. But if I am 30 not out, it's important in a game situation I go on and get a big score."

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