Former England skipper Alastair Cook has announced that he will retire from test cricket after the conclusion of the fifth and final test of the ongoing test series against India.
The 33-year-old has scored 12254 runs in 160 tests for England. He has also hit 32 tons and averages 44.88. He has the most number of runs as an opener in the longer format of the game. Moreover, he is also the youngest player to score 6000…12000 runs.
Cook who made his debut against India in March 2006 (in Nagpur) retires as England’s record Test run-scorer and 6th overall.
Note: He needs to score 147 runs to become the 5th highest run scorer in test cricket.
However, Cook’s performance in last 2 test series (except 1 test where he scored unbeaten 244) was under scanner. He has managed just 109 runs in the first four tests against India and averages 15.57 in the ongoing series.
As a captain, Cook led England in 59 test matches and helped England defeat India in their backyard, won multiple Ashes at home.
In limited-overs format, Cook has scored 3204 runs in 92 ODIs and has also made 4 appearances in T20I cricket. He didn’t play in the shorter version of the game since 2014.
England has an unassailable 3-1 lead in the ongoing test series. They won the fourth test match by 60 runs at Southampton on Sunday.