The veteran England batsman and the captain of England Test team, Alastair Cook has extended his deal with Essex for two more years i.e. till 2018. Cook first appeared for the county in a List A game in the year 2003 in May. He was dismissed on a score of 27 in that game.
His First class debut came two months later for the same county playing against Nottinghamshire. He was dismissed on a score 13 in the first innings followed by a not out half-century in the second innings in a winning cause. He was selected for the England team in the year 2006 and was elevated as the captain of the national team in the year 2012 replacing Andrew Strauss.
Cook appeared for the country in recent county championship as well.
“It was an easy decision to sign with the club for another year, although I am away with England a lot, this club means a lot to me and I am grateful for the opportunity they gave me as a youngster.
“I love coming back to the club when I can and contributing to a title winning season meant a great deal,” said the England Test captain.
Chris Silverwood, the Essex’s coach was delighted with Cook’s decision to extend the contract for another year and was hopeful of Cook appearing for the county on future occasions as well “Although Cooky is away with England a lot of the time it is still brilliant to have him back when he is available, he offers the squad a wealth of knowledge and also a weight of runs. Hopefully at the start of next summer he can be about a bit more and contribute to stabilising our position in County Championship Division One.”
The England all-rounder Ravi Bopara and the Netherlands all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate are still an active member for the county. Essex last won county championship in the year 1992. Till now Essex has won the county championship just 6 times, Yorkshire tops the list with 32 county championship wins with trophy shared on once occasion.
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