Australia great Allan Border praised the “amazing” Alastair Cook as the England batsman equaled his record of 153 consecutive tests by playing in the series opener against Pakistan at Lord’s.

This was the 154th test of opener cook’s career — with only illness after he made a century on debut against India at Nagpur in 2006 interrupting a sequence where he has never been dropped by the selectors.

Border and Cook are both gritty left-handed batsmen, each having scored more than 11,000 test runs and captained their respective countries to ashes success.

But at 33, cook is some five years younger than when border played his 153rd test, a reflection both of England’s heavy programme and the increasingly congested nature of modern international cricket.