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Alastair Cook: England great to retire from international cricket after fifth Test

Alastair Cook: England great to retire from international cricket after fifth Test

England won 24 of Alastair Cook’s 59 Tests as captainEngland’s highest Test run-scorer Alastair Cook will retire from international cricket after this week’s final Test against India.

The opener, 33, has scored 12,254 runs and made 32 centuries in 160 Tests – all England records. “There is nothing left in the tank,” said Cook, who captained his country in a record 59 Tests. The fifth Test of the series, in which England have an unassailable 3-1 lead, starts on Friday at The Oval. Cook is sixth on the all-time list of Test run-scorers and has made a record 11,627 runs as an opener. He added: “I have achieved more than I could have ever imagined and feel very privileged to have played for such a long time alongside some of the greats of the English game.”

Cook had not scored a century in 27 innings. Calls for him to stand down were growing louder by the day. He may not have made it to three figures, but he received a standing ovation for playing what he claimed was the most pressurised innings of his career. England won the series and he remained as skipper. 263 v Pakistan, Abu Dhabi, 2015: If ever an innings defined Cook’s career, this is it. Showing all his fabled concentration and patience, Cook batted for almost 14 hours in the desert heat – the third longest Test innings in history. Only bad light prevented England from pulling off a remarkable victory.

 

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