Cook retires from international cricket after India series
The leading English run-getter, as well as a fine great of the game, Alaister Cook has announced his retirement from international cricket, after the conclusion of the ongoing India Vs England Test Series. The stalwart player has scored 12,254 runs, that includes 32 well made centuries for England; however due to his wanning form in recent years, he took the decision of retirement.
At one time, Alaister Cook was looked as a contender to beat Sachin Tendulkar's record of most international test runs, however, given his form recently, it was practically impossible.
“After much thought and deliberation over the last few months I have decided to announce my retirement from international cricket at the end of this Test series against India,” he said. “Although it is a sad day, I can do so with a big smile on my face knowing I have given everything and there is nothing left in the tank.”- he added.
In a beautiful overall career, the 33-year-old made immense contribution, as England leading batsman, in England's Ashes win in 2010/11 as well as England's series victory in India in 2012/13, two of their greatest conquer in test cricket.
“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. The thought of not sharing the dressing room, again, with some of my teammates was the hardest part of my decision, but I know the timing is right.
I have loved cricket my whole life from playing in the garden as a child and will never underestimate how special it is to pull on an England shirt. So I know it is the right time to give the next generation of young cricketers their turn to entertain us and feel the immense pride that comes with representing your country.”
Cook also had a special praise for his coach and childhood idol as he said,
“There are too many people to thank individually, but a special mention must go to Graham Gooch. As a seven year-old I queued for his autograph outside Essex County Cricket Club and years later was so fortunate to have him mentoring me. Graham was my sounding board, especially in the early years of my career, spending hour after hour throwing balls at me with his dog stick. He made me realise you always need to keep improving whatever you are trying to achieve.”
Moreover, he also reserved special thanks for his family for their continuous support throughout his 12 years career.
"My family and I have had 12 wonderful years fulfilling my dreams and this could not have been done without them. So I wish to thank my parents and brothers, my wife, Alice, and her family for their quiet, unwavering support behind the scenes. As cricketers, who travel frequently, we often don’t realise just how important our families are to our success."
However, Alaister Cook has made it clear that he will continue professional cricket, playing for his county Essex. “I would also like to thank Essex County Cricket Club for their help and support ever since I was 12, and I can’t wait to get fully involved with them in the 2019 season. I wish the England team every success in the future, and I will be watching with great excitement", he said at the end.
Letzcricket wishes Cook and a family a bright future ahead in his life. Thank you for all the memories.