Alastair Cook, former captain of England’s national cricket team has decided to retire from international cricket after the fifth and final match against India at the Oval, starting September 7, 2018.
Announcing his retirement, the cricketer said, “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 felt very privileged to have played for such a long time alongside some of the greats of the English game.” He, however, said that he would miss the dressing room environment.
The 33-year-old is known as one of England’s greatest test players. He is also the highest run-scorer for the nation in tests and stands 6th on the all-time list of Test run-scorers, after Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid and Kumar Sangakkara.
Alastair Cook, the left-hander made his Test debut at the age of 21, replacing Michael Vaughan against India at Nagpur in 2006, and hit an unbeaten century in the second innings. He missed the third match of that series because of illness but has made a record 158 consecutive Test appearances since. In total, Cook has played 161 tests and scored 12,254 runs at an average of 44.88, which includes 32 hundred and 56 half centuries. His highest test score of 294 came against India at Birmingham during the 2011 series.