Alastair Cook to retire from international cricket after 5th Test vs India

first_imgFormer England captain Alastair Cook has announced his retirement from international cricket. England’s highest run-scorer in Test cricket will bow out of the game after the fifth and final Test against India which begins from September 7 at the Oval in London.Cook has been struggling for runs in the current series against India having scored just 109 runs so far in four matches at an average of 15.57 with a highest score of just 29.Cook, who made his debut for England in 2006, will bow out as the sixth highest run-scorer in Test history. He has so far amassed 12254 runs in 160 Tests at an average of 44.88 with 32 hundreds and 56 half-centuries. He is the only active player in the 10,000-run club in the longest format.How farming helped Alastair Cook get back to form ahead of India TestsCook’s final Test at The Oval later this week will be his 159th consecutive game in the longest format, the longest such streak in all international cricket. He missed just one Test in his entire career (vs India in Mumbai, 2006) that too because of a stomach bug.Cook also led England for more than four years and was the country’s 79th captain in the longest format before handing over the reins to Joe Root in February last year.India’s pace bowling unit has ‘unusual’ variety and depth: Alastair CookHe was England’s longest-serving Test captain having led in 59 matches. He is tied with Andrew Strauss with 24 wins, the second most for England behind Michael Vaughan, but also has the unfortunate record of losing the most Tests as England captain with 22.advertisementWhen Cook didn’t spray champagne so Moeen could celebrate English winInterestingly, last year he had handed over the captaincy to Root after England’s 4-0 Test series loss against India in 2016 and now has decided to bid adieu to international after England avenged that defeat under his successor.England on Sunday, beat India by 60 runs in the fourth Test to take an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.Ashes 2017: Alastair Cook carries bat with 244 not out to break 45-year-old recordCook issued a statement on Monday announcing his decision to retire at the conclusion of the India series.BREAKING NEWSAlastair Cook has announced his retirement from international cricket. Cricket (@englandcricket) September 3, 2018″After much thought and deliberation over the last few months I have decided to announce my retirement from international cricket at the end of this Test series against India.Ashes 2017: Best I have ever seen Alastair Cook bat, says Michael Clarke”Although it is a sad day, I can do so with a big smile on my face knowing I have given everything and there is nothing left in the tank. 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. The thought of not sharing the dressing room, again, with some of my teammates was the hardest part of my decision, but I know the timing is right.Alastair Cook, one of English sport’s quiet achievers”I have loved cricket my whole life from playing in the garden as a child and will never underestimate how special it is to pull on an England shirt. So I know it is the right time to give the next generation of young cricketers their turn to entertain us and feel the immense pride that comes with representing your country.”There are too many people to thank individually, but a special mention must go to the Barmy Army and all supporters for their constant encouragement for the team and also a special mention to Graham Gooch. As a seven year-old I queued for his autograph outside Essex County Cricket Club and years later was so fortunate to have him mentoring me. Graham was my sounding board, especially in the early years of my career, spending hour after hour throwing balls at me with his dog stick. He made me realise you always need to keep improving whatever you are trying to achieve.”My family and I have had 12 wonderful years fulfilling my dreams and this could not have been done without them. So I wish to thank my parents and brothers, my wife, Alice, and her family for their quiet, unwavering support behind the scenes. As cricketers, who travel frequently, we often don’t realise just how important our families are to our success.advertisement”I would also like to thank Essex County Cricket Club for their help and support ever since I was 12, and I can’t wait to get fully involved with them in the 2019 season.”I wish the England team every success in the future, and I will be watching with great excitement,” Cook said in the statement.The 33-year-old Gloucester-born cricketer was always known for his prowess with the bat in the longest format even though he did manage to feature in 92 ODIs for England in which he made 3204 runs at an average of 36.40 with 5 centuries and 19 fifties. He also played 4 T20 internationals and scored 61 runs.last_img

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