London: Alastair Cook has announced retirement from Test cricket after an illustrious 12-year career during which he became England’s leading run scorer.
Cook will retire from international cricket after the end of the ongoing Test series against India. Cook will play his last Test, the fifth Test of the ongoing series, at the Oval this week which will be his 161st Test for England.
The 33-year-old is England’s all-time leading Test run-scorer and sixth highest run scorer in Test cricket with 12,254 runs and 32 centuries. However, the former England captain struggled for runs with just one half century from six matches.
“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,” Cook said in an England and Wales Cricket Board statement.
Soon after his retirement announcement, tributes poured in for the England opener for his contribution to the game.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan called Cook the nicest cricketer. “No player has given more to the England cricket shirt .. No player has got more out of there ability .. No player has shown more mental strength than Alastair Cook .. More than that he is the nicest Cricketer we have ever had .. Thanks for all the memories Cookie .. #CookRetires”, he tweeted.
Fondly remember Alastair Cook’s debut where he scored a 60 and a century in Nagpur. We were struggling in the match and I got to contribute with a 91. But such was our bench strength then, that I had to be benched for the next. https://t.co/dXIpOrA7hR
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 3, 2018