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Alastair Cook Biography & Latest News

Alastair Cook Biography

Alastair Nathan Cook is the captain of the English Test and ODI cricket teams. He is a left-handed opening batsman who plays county cricket for Essex. He has played in a variety of England's youth teams from 2000 until his call up to the Test side in 2006. While touring in the West Indies with the ECB National Academy, Alastair Cook was called up to the England national team in India as a last-minute replacement for Marcus Trescothick and went on to become the youngest Englishman to reach 1,000, 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000 and 6,000 test runs. Cook had his first taste of international cricket playing the U15 World Cup in 2000. Three years later Cook was called up to the Under 19 England team for their tour of South Africa. Cook was appointed captain of the team the following year, 2004. In 2009 he managed to score two centuries, as well as a score of 95 against Australia to help seal England's first victory against them at Lord's since 1934. He took seven catches in the series, including the final wicket, to win the 2009 Ashes series. After deputising as Test captain in 2010, Cook went on to play another pivotal role in retaining the 2010-11 Ashes series, breaking records by scoring the second highest number of runs in a Test series by an Englishman, including his maiden first-class double-hundred and two further hundreds, and batting for over 35 hours during the series. He was appointed as the captain of the Test team on 29 August 2012. Alastair Cook was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2011 Birthday Honours  

Alastair Cook Latest News & Articles

5 ways Joe Root can make England a better side
5 ways Joe Root can make England a better side
The appointment of Joe Root as Test skipper comes as no surprise. But will he succeed in his new role?
Who Said What: World reacts as Joe Root is appointed as England's Test captain
Who Said What: World reacts as Joe Root is appointed as England's Test captain
Joe Root replaces Alastair Cook as England's Test captain
End of an era as Alastair Cook steps down
End of an era as Alastair Cook steps down
The former England captain surely will be pleased with himself for what he achieved in his 5-year spell as captain.
Alastair Cook regrets ECB's handling of Kevin Pietersen's sacking
Alastair Cook regrets ECB's handling of Kevin Pietersen's sacking
Alastair Cook shows his disappointment and admits the case of firing of Kevin Peitersen was handled badly.
Five best moments from Alastair Cook's captaincy
Five best moments from Alastair Cook's captaincy
Alastair Cook recently gave up the captain's armband in Tests. Here is looking back at five of his greatest moments.
A tour of calamitous meltdowns for England
A tour of calamitous meltdowns for England
England's habit to not learn from mistakes reeks of a malaise that is cancerous and certainly not skin deep.
I regret Kevin Pietersen's episode, public support helped me stay on as captain, says Alastair Cook
I regret Kevin Pietersen's episode, public support helped me stay on as captain, says Alastair Cook
Cook also looks forward to play for the next 4-5 years.
5 reasons why Alastair Cook stepping down was a good move
5 reasons why Alastair Cook stepping down was a good move
Without a doubt, Cook is one of the greatest Test batsmen England has produced.
Shane Warne finally decides to make peace with Alastair Cook
Shane Warne finally decides to make peace with Alastair Cook
Iconic Australian leg-spinner surprisingly makes U-turn with regards to Cook's captaincy.
Sir Ian Botham reckons that Alastair Cook can surpass Sachin Tendulkar's record
Sir Ian Botham reckons that Alastair Cook can surpass Sachin Tendulkar's record
Former English cricketers have backed Cook to surpass records after he decided to step down as England captain.
Who Said What: World reacts as Alastair Cook steps down from England Test captaincy
Who Said What: World reacts as Alastair Cook steps down from England Test captaincy
Here are the reactions from the cricket fraternity as Alastair Cook announced his decision.
Alastair Cook resigns as England Test captain
Alastair Cook resigns as England Test captain
The left-hander had announced the decision in December 2016.
Joe Root wants Alastair Cook to remain England captain
Joe Root wants Alastair Cook to remain England captain
The Yorkshire man also believes that the decision should be left to Alastair Cook.
Sachin Tendulkar is the only Indian in Stuart Broad's All Time XI
Sachin Tendulkar is the only Indian in Stuart Broad's All Time XI
Warne is interestingly named as Captain Cook's deputy in Stuart Broad's team.
What goes through the mind of a batsman struck on the helmet
What goes through the mind of a batsman struck on the helmet
A single bump to the head has the power to release a flurry of interesting thoughts.
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