In what was a shocking news to the cricketing fraternity, England Test opener Alastair Cook is set to retire from International Cricket after the conclusion of the fifth and final Test match between England and India at The Oval. “There is nothing left in the tank,” said Alastair Cook while announcing his international retirement!
Alastair Cook has featured in 160 Test matches for England so far in which scored 12,254 runs. There are the most runs scored by an England player while he is listed at the sixth place among the all-time run scorers in this format of the game and trail fifth placed Kumar Sangakkara by just 146 runs.
Cook’s batting average of 18.62 in 2018 is the lowest for him in a Calendar year and this might have prompted him to make the announcement! He missed a Test match after playing his first two Tests due to illness and since then he went on to play 158 consecutive Test matches without missing a Test match for England.
Alastair Cook made his Test match debut against India in the year 2006 in Nagpur. He had registered the scores of 60 & 104* in this Test match. England players Monty Panesar and Ian Blackwell and Indian player Sreesanth also made their Test debut alongside Cook in Nagpur.
Cook is one of the 19 England players to have scored a century on Test debut for England and Keaton Jennings, England’s current opener alongside Cook, is the latest England player to score a century on debut. Jennings had also made his Test debut against India.
“Although it is a sad day, I can do so with a big smile on my face knowing I have given everything. I have achieved more than I could have ever imagined and feel very privileged to have played for such a long time alongside some of the greats of the English game,” said Cook.
Cook who is just 33 was quoted by many to go on to beat Sachin Tendulkar at the top of the ‘most runs’ table in this longer format of the game. However, with this sudden and shocking announcement that is never going to happen. Very sad if you are an England cricket fan!
Cook featured in seven Ashes series and had won four of them. He played a crucial role with the bat scoring 766 runs at an average of 127.66 to help England beat Australia in Australia in the 2010-11 season. Overall, he scored 2493 runs in the 35 Ashes Test matches he played.
In the ongoing five match Test series against India, England won the fourth Test match at Ageas Bowl by a good margin of 60 runs and went on to complete the series victory. They now take an unassailable lead of 3 – 1 with one Test to go in the series. The fifth and final Test match will be played at The Oval starting from Friday (September 07).
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