- Former captain Alastair Cook is England’s prime Test Match run scorer of all-time
- The legendary opening batter additionally received 4 Ashes collection throughout his profession
- Cook represented Essex and will go down as considered one of England’s best gamers
Sir Alastair Cook is set to name time on considered one of the most distinguished careers in English cricket historical past.
The former England captain will virtually definitely retire subsequent week at the finish of a county season he nonetheless hopes will convey one other Championship title for Essex.
The official information could come as early as Friday when Essex hope to full their house season by defeating Hampshire to keep in the hunt for the title behind Surrey.
Cook is set to bow out quietly and doesn’t need any fuss when he ends a profession that noticed him turn into England’s record Test run-scorer, twice win the Ashes as captain and serve his county with distinction.
But Essex would really like to mark the event after Cook’s final house look and plan a low-key drinks reception in honour of Cook and Dan Lawrence, who’s leaving at the finish of the season for Surrey, at Chelmsford after they full their recreation in opposition to Hampshire.
It will surely be an event price marking. Cook, 38, made 12,472 runs in his 161 Tests as he turned considered one of the greatest and most important batsmen in England’s historical past.
He was additionally a captain ok to lead England to the Ashes in 2013 and 2015 and was a key batting determine in the unbelievable victory in Australia in 2010-11 after they received 3-1 below Andrew Strauss with three wins by an innings.
Cook’s England profession got here to a fairy-tale finish when he made a century in his final Test in opposition to India 5 years in the past when the entire of the Oval rose to considered one of the hottest and principled figures in the recreation.
Since then he has been decided to give as a lot as attainable again to his beloved Essex and has had 5 seasons uninterrupted by worldwide commitments when he has been a heavy county run-scorer and appreciable affect in the dressing room.
Cook was once more a key determine in each Essex’s Championship victory in 2019, successful the title in dramatic style in opposition to nearest rivals Somerset in the final match at Taunton, and the Bob Willis Trophy triumph in the following Covid-hit 12 months.
He remains to be as match as ever and could nonetheless do an honest job for Essex into his 40s, as his mentor Graham Gooch did after the finish of his personal excellent England profession.
But Mail Sport understands he feels he has executed as a lot as he probably could in any respect ranges of the recreation and the time is true for him to go away the means clear for youthful gamers.
Cook will now return to the household farm which means a lot to him and put extra time into his new profession in the media which has seen him turn into an more and more assured pundit with the BBC and what’s now TNT Sport.
The return to the household farm can even see him spend extra time with his spouse Alice Hunt. They received married in 2011 having recognized one another since childhood and have two daughters and one son collectively.
If, as anticipated, a person who started life as a St Paul’s Cathedral choirboy calls time after Essex’s remaining match in opposition to Northants at Wantage Road subsequent week he can look again on considered one of the best of all careers and a number one position in considered one of the best England Test groups.
The excellent ending would be for Essex to pip Surrey for the title with Cook, who made a duck in the first innings of the present match in opposition to Hampshire, scoring runs in opposition to Northants.
But even if that doesn’t occur – and Surrey are nonetheless agency favourites – Cook can replicate with immense delight on all he has achieved