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Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook

Full Name: Alastair NULL Cook

DOB: 25th Dec 1984

Batting Style: Left Handed

Bowling Style: Right-arm Slow

Team:
  • England
  • Essex
  • Marylebone Cricket Club
  • Career Stats
    Batting & Fielding
    Format Mat Inns NO Runs Avge HS BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct st
    Tests 149 270 15 11691 45.85 294 24947 46.86 31 55 1346 11 155 0
    ODIs 92 92 4 3204 36.41 137 4154 77.13 5 19 363 10 36 0
    T20is 4 4 0 61 15.25 26 54 112.96 0 0 10 0 1 0
    First Class 270 479 35 21226 47.81 294 41794 50.79 60 101 2665 21 280 0
    List A 159 157 11 5840 40 137 7310 79.89 12 34 674 19 66 0
    T20s 32 30 2 892 31.86 100* 699 127.61 1 5 95 15 13 0
    Bowling
    Format Mat Inns Balls Mdns Runs Wkts Avge Eco SR BBI 4w 5w 10
    Tests 149 2 18 0 7 1 7 2.33 18 1/6 0 0 0
    ODIs 92 0 0 - 0 0 0
    T20is 4 0 0 - 0 0 0
    First Class 270 18 282 3 211 7 30.14 4.49 40.29 3/13 0 0 0
    List A 159 2 18 0 10 0 3.33 0/5 0 0 0
    T20s 32 0 0 - 0 0 0
    Profile

    Alastair Cook, the greediest batsman in England’s team, has heeded advice from Graham Gooch, his mentor, to good effect after almost losing his place following a horror run of scores in 2010. He endured eight innings without even reaching 30 and the vultures circled until he scratched out an ugly century at The Oval against Pakistan. Thereafter, his form has been prolific and he has favoured the ‘Daddy Hundreds’ that Gooch, his fellow Essex and England legend, sought during his career. Cook has made scores of 235 not out, 189 and 294 since the Ashes series in 2010-11. The painstaking 294 against India at Edgbaston last year exemplified his newfound hunger for runs. He was the second youngest to reach 5,000 Test runs after Sachin Tendulkar and though not in the same class, his appetite for runs would come close. Having started with a century on debut in Nagpur – he had been called up from a tour of the Caribbean – Cook suffered during the Ashes series of 2006-07. Technical issues continue to stifle his progress but the work with Gooch has resulted in a run glut since his 766-run Ashes series in Australia. Cook, a choirboy in his youth, is not the prettiest of batsmen who would cause fathers to rush out and buy tickets for their sons to watch him, but while Bell and Pietersen please aesthetically, his value to England should not be understated for his workmanlike and consistent contributions helped significantly to lift the team to the summit of Test cricket. His back is a sight that no doubt bores opposing wicketkeepers, but few would deny him their respect. He led England on the tour of Bangladesh in 2010, in the absence of Strauss, and is expected to take the job on a more permanent basis once Strauss exits.   

    Last Updated:1st Apr 2016 Author:Richard Sydenham
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