- Alastair Cook will end his Test and cricket career as undoubtedly the best player in Test cricket for England
- Cook made his Test debut in 2006, and in his 12-year long career, achieved feats and records which very few could match
England, one of the originators of cricket, has produced numerous world class batsmen in their rich history. Right from Sir Jack Hobbs to Wally Hammond to Ken Barrington to Graeme Thorpe, hundreds have donned the prestigious white jersey of England, but none of them could leave a mark the way Alastair Cook has done.
The 33-year-old former England skipper is set to walk away from the sport following the completion of the fifth Test against India at Oval. His decision comes as a result of some poor displays in 2018, wherein he has managed only one half-century in nine Test matches. Even in the ongoing Test series, Cook has been well below par, with just 109 runs in seven innings at an average of 15.57.
But none of this is going to take away the fact that he is arguably the best cricketer produced by England, and definitely the best batsman from his country. Cook made his Test debut in 2006, and in his 12-year long career, achieved feats and records which very few could match. Let’s take a look at his career in numbers.
160 – This is the number of Test matches Alastair Cook played for England, which is the highest by any Englishman in this format. The second in the list is James Anderson, who presently has featured in 142 matches. Overall, he is the seventh most capped player in Test cricket history.
12254 – Cook is the highest run-getter in England’s Test cricket history, and it looks like there won’t be anyone who’d usurp him anytime soon. The former England skipper has 12254 runs till date, and the only active player capable of overtaking him in present time is Joe Root, who has 6154 runs, nearly half of Cook’s numbers. Overall, Cook is the sixth highest run-getter in Test cricket, and could very well become overtake Kumar Sangakkar and become fifth, should he manage to score 147 or more runs in the final Test against India.
32 – The 33-year-old also has the most number of centuries in Test cricket for England. His incredible number, 32, puts him 11th in the all-time list in international cricket.
88 – Just like centuries, Cook also holds the record for most number on 50+ scores in Test cricket for England. While he has 32 centuries, on 56 different occasions, he has crossed the half-century mark. His nearest active competitor is Root, who has crossed the half-century mark on 54 occasions in this format. Overall, Cook stands eighth in the list of batsmen with 50+ scores.
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294 – He has the sixth highest individual score in Test cricket for England. He achieved this incredible score against India in 2011.
59 – Cook has skippered England more than any other player in Test cricket history. In his 59 matches, England won 24 matches and lost 22. Overall, he stands no.7 in the list of most matches captained by a player in Test cricket.
766 – The 33-year-old scored 766 runs against Australia in 2010/11, which put him second in the list most runs by an Englishman in a series. Overall, his feat puts him 14th in the all-time list.
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173 – Cook was not just good with the bat, but also in the field. For most of his career, he stood at the slips, and took a record 173 catches. It puts him right on top of most number of catches by an Englishman, and sixth in the all-time list.