Bangalore: Graham Paul Thorpe became the 14th Englishman to score 5,000 or more runs in Tests when he reached 51 during his match winning innings of 123 on June 1 in the 2nd Test against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston, Birmingham, which ultimately sealed victory for his team by an innings and 111 runs.
This was Thorpe's 75th Test and 137th innings. Incidentally, Thorpe achieved his 4,000 run mark also against Sri Lanka in his 65th Test in 2000-01. This was his 11th Test century and his highest score against Sri Lanka beating the previous highest of 113 not out made at Colombo in 2000-01. However, the highest individual score recorded by Thorpe is 200 not out against New Zealand at Christchurch in 2001-02. Born August 1, 1969 at Farnham, Surrey, Thorpe made his Test debut in the 3rd Test against Australia at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, in 1993. A left-handed batsman, he is also a brilliant fielder in the slip cordon and has held 83 catches so far. The 13 other Englishmen to score 5,000 or more runs in Tests are, G A Gooch (8,900 runs in 118 Tests), D I Gower (8,231, 117), G Boycott (8,114, 108), M A Atherton (7,728, 115), M C Cowdrey (7,624, 114), A J Stewart (7,509, 117), W R Hammond (7,249, 85), L Hutton (6,971, 79), K F Barrington (6,806, 82), D C S Compton (5,807, 78), J B Hobbs (5,410, 61), I T Botham (5,200, 102) and J H Edrich (5,138, 77). Thorpe has now completed 5,072 runs in 75 Tests as at the end of the 2nd Test against Sri Lanka. The break up of his runs: