Alastair Cook has announced his retirement from international cricket on Monday. Being Englandâ€™s greatest ever run scorer, Cook will play his last Test match against India at Oval ground.
Cook ends his career as the most runs scorer in the history of Englandâ€™s Test cricket. Currently Cook enjoying the sixth spot of all time leading run scorers in Test cricket overall. The following players are at top of leader board in terms of highest runs â€“ Sachin Tendulkar (India) â€“ 15921 runs, Ricky Ponting (Aus) â€“ 13378, J Kallis (SA) â€“ 13289, Rahul Dravid (India) â€“ 13288, Kumara Sangakara (SL) â€“ 12400 and Alastair Cook (Eng) with 12254 Test runs.
â€œI have loved cricket my whole life from playing in the garden as a child and will never underestimate how special it is to pull on an England shirt. So I know it is the right time to give the next generation of young cricketers their turn to entertain us and feel the immense pride that comes with representing your country.â€ â€“ Alastair Cook said.
Alastair Cook is Englandâ€™s most successful Test batsman with most Test Runs, most Tests and most Test Centuries (32). Cook is just 33 years-old, but after a run out of form which has been observed in this year, he has decided to end his career. Though the decision is not surprised as he has been struggling like never before, scoring 298 runs from 9 Test matches at a average of just 18.62 this year. This declined his Test average 45 for the first time since 2010.
Interestingly, his Test debut happened against India in 2006 and ends against the same team in 2018. While his ODI debut was against Sri Lanka in 2006 and seen him played his last ODI in 2014 against the same team Sri Lanka. Cook also played 92 ODI matches for England scoring 3204 runs with 5 centuries and 36.40 as batting average.
Alastair Cook has embraced some of the greatest moments in Englandâ€™s cricket history. Among them, the best moment was winning the player of series award as England won the prestigious Ashes series in Australia in 2010 which was remarkable; leading his team to victory in India in 2012 and 2016 as captain.
In his statement to English Cricket board, Cook said â€œThere are too many people to thank individually, but a special mention must go to Barmy Army and all supporters for their constant encouragement for the team and also a special mention of Graham Goochâ€
Cook will play for Essex County Cricket Club in 2019 season. In statement he said, â€œI would also like to thanks Essex club for their help and support ever since I was 12, and canâ€™t wait to get fully involved with them in 2019 season.â€ â€œI wish the England Team every success in the future and i will be watching with great excitementâ€ he added to that.
Alastair Cook is a true England legend. No one in England is near to his Test runs. Currently England led the series with 3-1 against India. The final 5th Test will start on Friday.