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Full Name : Alastair Nathan Cook
Born : December 25, 1984, Gloucester
Major Teams : England, Bedfordshire, Essex, Marylebone Cricket Club
Batting Style : Left Hand Bat
Bowling Style : Right Arm Off Break
Alastair Cook made it to the highest level at a very young age and had a rapid progress in Test Cricket scoring plenty of centuries opening the batting for England.
The 6 ft 2 inch tall left-handed Alastair Cook is very good square of the wicket and has this habit of scoring real big daddy hundreds. Cook who plays for Essex in English county is England’s Test and ODI Captain during the time of writing this profile. Alastair Cook’s wife’s name is Alice Hunt whom he married in 2011 and is a professional model.
Alastair Cook is one of the best ever English Test batsmen, The 6ft 2 inch tall Alastair Cook is a left-handed opening batsman who is renowned of piling up centuries after centuries. Also an England Test Captain, Alastair Cook is more of a Test specialist who hasn’t enjoyed much playing in the shorter formats of the game.
This Essex cricketer made his Test debut against India at Nagpur in 2006. Cook flew from the Caribbean to replace Marcus Trescothick and straightaway was inducted in the playing XI, making his Test debut at just 21! Cook was an instant success scoring a patient 60 from 160 balls in his very first innings. In the second innings, he did better becoming the 16th English cricketer to score a century on Test debut in his unbeaten 104. In the course of time, Alastair Cook would go on to become the second youngest player to reach 5000 Test runs just behind the great Sachin Tendulkar.
Alastair Cook had a dream run during the 2010/11 Ashes Series in Australia. He scored 766 runs in five Tests at an average of 127.66 with three centuries and two fifties. England as a result won that 2010/11 Ashes 3-1 with Cook producing scores of 67, 235*, 148, 32, 13, 82 and 189!
In 2012 following Andrew Strauss’ retirement, Alastair Cook was made the full-term Captain of the English Test team. In his very first Test series as the full term Captain, Alastair Cook led England to a 2-1 series win in India – the first time that England won on this soil since 1984/85. England also defeated Australia 3-0 in The Ashes 2013 under Alastair Cook’s leadership.
At just 30 years of age today, Alastair Cook has already hit 25 Test centuries – the most hundreds by an English batsman ever and has close to 8500 runs! He holds the record for being the youngest ever cricketer to play 100 Tests – a record that was previously held by Sachin Tendulkar. Cook has the distinction of scoring a century atleast against all the eight countries that he has played against in Tests.
Cook’s ODI career has been decent with five centuries till date in over 90 matches but his slower strike rate doesn’t fetch him a place in the English team anymore.
So far till date, Alastair Cook has scored two double centuries – 235* vs Australia at The Gabba in 2010 Ashes Series followed up by a career best of 294 vs India at Edgbaston in 2011.
|Test debut||India v England at Nagpur, Mar 1-5, 2006|
|Last Test||England v Australia at Nottingham, Aug 6-8, 2015|
|ODI debut||England v Sri Lanka at Manchester, Jun 28, 2006|
|Last ODI||Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (RPS), Dec 16, 2014|
|T20I debut||England v West Indies at The Oval, Jun 28, 2007|
|Last T20I||South Africa v England at Centurion, Nov 15, 2009|