Opening batsman and former captainAlastair Cook holds several England Test cricket records. Making his debut in 2006, he has scored over 12,000 Test runs, the only England player to do so. As of August 2018, he has scored a record 56 half-centuries and 32 centuries. As a slip fieldsman, Cook has also taken the most catches for England with 164. Captaining his side from 2010 until he stood down in 2016, Cook holds the record for the most matches played as English skipper with 59, the Test record for the most consecutive matches played with 156 and the record for the most matches played for England with 158.
The top five records are listed for each category, except for the team wins, losses and draws and the partnership records. Tied records for fifth place are also included. Explanations of the general symbols and cricketing terms used in the list are given below. Specific details are provided in each category where appropriate. All records include matches played for England only, and are correct as of August 2018.
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