The former English captain, Sir Alastair Cook, has clarified his chance to return to international cricket. Recently, he revealed that he would never return to international cricket.
Sir Alastair Cook retired from international cricket in last September. Though he is regularly playing in County Cricket for Essex, he has decided not to continue his international career.
England cricket team is currently busy for the upcoming World Cup preparation. England and Wales are ready to host the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup from 30th May to 14th July.
After the completion of this World Cup, England will play the home Ashes series against Australia. They will play the five-match Test series from 1st August to 16th September. While Australia will play this series as the defending title holders, England has won all their home Ashes series since 2005.
England cricket team is currently the fifth-ranked Test side. In recent times, England has hugely disappointed in Test cricket. Moreover, their Test opening batting is struggling due to the lack of experiences.
Alastair Cook’s recent forms opened up new speculation
Due to England’s struggle in the present Test cricket, there was speculation about Cook’s return in Test cricket. The left-handed opening batsman Cook scored 71 and 147 runs in his last Test match, which was against India at The Oval in last September.
At present, he is in good form in the new first-class season. In his first five innings of this new first-class season, Cook has already scored one 150* and one 50 runs.
Although he is in good batting form, Cook has finalised his international career.
Recently he told Sky Sports, “The call’s not coming. It’s not coming. In the last couple of interviews I’ve done, there’s always been a headline. Look, I’m not coming back. I’ve had my go. I said, ‘never say never’, and that’s the worst thing I’ve said.
“Someone said, ‘If there was 15 broken legs, would you come back?’ No, that’s it. Unfortunately, my time has gone. I look back on it with great, fond memories, but it’s time for me to move on, it’s time for England cricket to move on.”
Alastair Cook’s brief international career
Alastair Cook featured in seven Ashes Series (2006-2018) where he scored 2,493 runs in 64 innings with an average of 40.20.
The left-handed batsman Cook made his international cricket debut in March 2006 through the Test cricket. He played 161 Tests, 92 ODIs and four T20Is where he scored 12,472 Test runs (average 45.35), 3,240 ODI runs (average 36.40) and 61 T20I runs (average 15.25).
In Test cricket history, Cook is the most run-scorer as an England batsman, and he is the fifth most run-scorer in overall. His best-ever Test batting ranking was no.2.
In the 2019 New Year Honours, Cook earned the Knight Bachelor for his extraordinary services to English cricket.