England vs India 2018: Alastair Cook Announces his Retirement from International Cricket
Alastair Cook, highest run-scorer for England in Test cricket, has decided to bid farewell to international cricket after the conclusion of the ongoing five-match Test series against India.
Meanwhile, this news comes after a string of lean score in the ongoing Test series. However, Cook was the leading batsman in two of the most significant overseas triumphs in Test history, England’s Ashes win in 2010/11, and their victory in India in 2012/13.
Cook, however, saw a downfall in his form despite scoring double hundreds against the Windies and Australia within the last year. He averaged only 35 since giving up the captaincy at the end of 2016 with only one half-century to his name this year.
“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,” he 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,” Alastair Cook added.
Cook has had an England career unparalleled by anyone and has set an array of records. The southpaw has amassed 12,254 Test runs and 32 Test centuries so far. Moreover, his final Test at The Oval will be his 159th consecutive game in the longest format.
Alastair Cook shared high praise fro Graham Gooch
Cook reserved special praise for his long-time mentor, coach, and childhood idol Graham Gooch. He also laid down the important role played by him in his long career.
“There are too many people to thank individually, but a special mention must go 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,” Alastair Cook added.
However, he will continue playing domestic cricket for his county, Essex.
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