Alastair Cook

Position: Opening batsman
Team: England
Born: December 25, 1984 (age 29)
Hometown: Gloucester, England
Height: 6'2"
Nationality: English
Eoin Morgan in action for England against Australia.
Eoin Morgan happy to see pressure taken off Alastair Cook
Eoin Morgan admits that he is delighted to see some of the pressure taken off Alastair Cook's shoulders in recent weeks.
Aug 19, 19:37
England's Joe Root walks off at the end of day two of the fifth Test with India on August 16, 2014
England's Joe Root moves up Test rankings
England's Joe Root moves up the Test batsmen rankings to ninth following his performances against India.
Aug 19, 14:39
England batsman Alex Hales leaves the field after his 94 during the 2nd NatWest series T20 match between England and Australia at Emirates Durham on August 31, 2013
Alex Hales gets call-up for one-day international series against India
England call up Twenty20 star Alex Hales for the one-day international series against India, but there is no place in the 15-man squad for all-rounder Ravi Bopara.
Aug 18, 23:18
Alastair Cook of England speaks at a press conference after defeating Australia during game four of the One Day International series between Australia and England at WACA on January 24, 2014
Alastair Cook intends to be "massively involved" in ODIs
England captain Alastair Cook reveals that he is ready to join up with the ODI squad ahead of the forthcoming five-match series against India, which begins on Monday.
Aug 18, 11:17
Alastair Cook in action for England on day two of the fifth Test with India on August 16, 2014
Alastair Cook: 'India crumbled under relentless pressure'
Alastair Cook says that India 'crumbled under relentless pressure' against England following his side's emphatic victory at The Oval.
Aug 17, 18:53
Englands Joe Root acknowledges the crowd after he finished the innings 149 not out on the third day of the fifth cricket Test match between England and India at The Oval cricket ground in London on August 17, 2014
Result: England wrap up India series with ease at The Oval
England prevail 3-1 in the series against India after winning the fifth Test by an innings and 244 runs, inside three days at The Oval.
Aug 17, 16:47
England's Joe Root walks off at the end of day two of the fifth Test with India on August 16, 2014
Joe Root piles on runs for England
Joe Root will resume eight runs short of a century at The Oval tomorrow after leading England to 385-7 on day two of the fifth Test against India.
Aug 16, 18:40
Alastair Cook in action for England on day two of the fifth Test with India on August 16, 2014
England lead India by 98 at The Oval
England extend their lead to 98 runs at tea on day two of the fifth Test against India at The Oval.
Aug 16, 16:13
Alastair Cook in action for England on day two of the fifth Test with India on August 16, 2014
Alastair Cook reaches half-century before lunch
England captain Alastair Cook completes his half-century as England reach 148-1 at lunch on day two of the fifth Test against India.
Aug 16, 13:08
Chris Woakes of England celebrates dismissing R Ashwin of India during day one of 5th Investec Test match between England and India at The Kia Oval on August 15, 2014
England unbeaten on 62 after dismissing India for 148
England end day one of the fifth Test against India on 62 without loss after dismissing the tourists for 148 at The Oval.
Aug 15, 19:02
England captain Alastair Cook during a nets session at the WACA on October 27, 2013
England win toss, choose to bowl first in fifth Test against India
England name an unchanged team and opt to bowl first in the fifth Test against India after winning the toss at The Oval.
Aug 15, 11:13
Stuart Broad of England talks to members of the media during an England Nets Session at The Kia Oval on August 14, 2014
Alastair Cook: 'Stuart Broad injury not a concern'
Alastair Cook says that Stuart Broad's facial injury will not affect his performance for England, and says that his inclusion is "great news" for the side.
Aug 14, 13:37
Former England captain Michael Vaughan on the field ahead of day three of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 23, 2013
Michael Vaughan: 'England were right to back Alastair Cook'
Michael Vaughan believes that the England and Wales Cricket Board are benefiting from backing Alastair Cook.
Aug 12, 19:58
Alastair Cook of England smashes the ball towards the boundary during Day 1 of the 3rd Investec Test match between England and India at the Ageas Bowl on July 27, 2014
Alastair Cook: 'England didn't expect to get job done today'
England captain Alastair Cook admits that it is "great" to have defeated India inside three days of the fourth Test at Old Trafford.
Aug 9, 20:17
Skysports presenter Nasser Hussain during day one of 4th Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Emirates Durham ICG on August 09, 2013
Nasser Hussain: 'England turnaround phenomenal'
Nasser Hussain hails England's "phenomenal turnaround" in fortunes following their innings-and-54-run win against India in the fourth Test at Old Trafford.
Aug 9, 19:59
Stuart Broad of England salutes the crowd after taking six wickets during day one of 4th Investec Test match between England and India at Old Trafford on August 7, 2014
Result: England thrash India in fourth test
England take a 2-1 series lead after beating India by an innings and 54 runs at Old Trafford.
Aug 9, 18:40
Stuart Broad of England salutes the crowd after taking six wickets during day one of 4th Investec Test match between England and India at Old Trafford on August 7, 2014
England lose three wickets in reply to India's 152 in fourth Test
England close on 113-3 following the loss of Sam Robson, Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance following a dominant performance in the field to leave India all out on 152.
Aug 7, 19:02
Alastair Cook of England smashes the ball towards the boundary during Day 1 of the 3rd Investec Test match between England and India at the Ageas Bowl on July 27, 2014
Toss for fourth Test between England, India at Old Trafford delayed
The toss for the fourth Test between England and India at Old Trafford is delayed due to rain.
Aug 7, 10:35
Alastair Cook of England speaks at a press conference after defeating Australia during game four of the One Day International series between Australia and England at WACA on January 24, 2014
Alastair Cook: 'I could not walk away from England captaincy'
Alastair Cook believes that he would struggle to live with the decision of resigning as England captain.
Aug 7, 05:25
Alastair Cook of England smashes the ball towards the boundary during Day 1 of the 3rd Investec Test match between England and India at the Ageas Bowl on July 27, 2014
Alec Stewart: 'Alastair Cook must build on England win'
Former Test captain Alec Stewart urges England skipper Alastair Cook and his team to build on their win at the Ageas Bowl last week.
Aug 3, 15:11
Coach of Lancashire Peter Moores applauds his players after the LV County Championship Division Two match between Gloucestershire and Lancashire on September 20, 2013
Peter Moores full of praise for "evolving" Alastair Cook
England head coach Peter Moores believes that Alastair Cook is "evolving" in his role as captain.
Aug 1, 05:21
Alastair Cook of England smashes the ball towards the boundary during Day 1 of the 3rd Investec Test match between England and India at the Ageas Bowl on July 27, 2014
Alastair Cook hails "fantastic" England performance
England captain Alastair Cook praises his teammates for contributing towards what he describes as a "fantastic" performance against India in Southampton.
Jul 31, 15:15
Englands Moeen Ali celebrates taking the wicket of Sri Lankas Kumar Sangakkara for 147 runs with Englands James Anderson during the third day of the first cricket Test match between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's cricket ground in London on June 14, 201
Result: England level India series with 266-run win
England level their Test series with India at 1-1 after a 266-run in the fourth Test at the Ageas Bowl.
Jul 31, 13:21
India batsman Murali Vijay is bowled by England bowler Stuart Broad during day three of the 3rd Investec Test between England and India at Ageas Bowl on July 29, 2014
England close in on victory over India
Resurgent England move closer to victory on day four of the third Test against India in Southampton.
Jul 30, 18:32
Alastair Cook of England smashes the ball towards the boundary during Day 1 of the 3rd Investec Test match between England and India at the Ageas Bowl on July 27, 2014
England set India record run chase to win third Test
India are set a world-record run chase of 445 to beat England in the third Test at the Ageas Bowl.
Jul 30, 15:26
Alastair Cook of England smashes the ball towards the boundary during Day 1 of the 3rd Investec Test match between England and India at the Ageas Bowl on July 27, 2014
England tighten grip on third Test against India
England open up a 319-run lead over India at lunch on day four of the third Test against India in Southampton.
Jul 30, 13:06
India batsman Murali Vijay is bowled by England bowler Stuart Broad during day three of the 3rd Investec Test between England and India at Ageas Bowl on July 29, 2014
England get the better of India on day three
England's bowlers dominate India on day three of the third Test at the Ageas Bowl.
Jul 29, 18:40
Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India takes a run during day one of the 1st Investec Test between England and India at Trent Bridge on July 9, 2014
India lose fifth wicket at tea against England
Two further wickets leave India on 214-5 at tea on day three of the third Test against England at the Ageas Bowl.
Jul 29, 15:46
Englands Ian Bell acknowledges the crowd after reaching 150 runs during the second days play in the third cricket Test match between England and India at The Ageas Bowl cricket ground in Southampton on July 28, 2014
England dominate against India on day two of third Test
A knock of 167 from Ian Bell helps England dominate on day two of the third Test against India at the Ageas Bowl.
Jul 28, 18:35
Alastair Cook of England smashes the ball towards the boundary during Day 1 of the 3rd Investec Test match between England and India at the Ageas Bowl on July 27, 2014
Nasser Hussain: 'Alastair Cook's problems aren't solved'
Nasser Hussian is adamant that Alastair Cook's problems with the bat are not solved despite his 95-run innings on day one of the third Test against India.
Jul 28, 05:20
Englands Gary Ballance celebrates as he runs to reach a century not out during play on the second day of the second cricket Test match between England and India at Lord's cricket ground in London on July 18, 2014
England enjoy strong opening day of third Test against India
Big scores from Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance put England on 247-2 at the close of play on day one of the third Test against India at the Ageas Bowl.
Jul 27, 18:26
England captain Alastair Cook during a nets session at the WACA on October 27, 2013
Alastair Cook, Gary Ballance push England on against India
Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance form a solid partnership to help England get to 186-1 at tea on day one of the third Test against India at the Ageas Bowl.
Jul 27, 15:44
England's Sam Robson hits the ball to score his maidan century on the second day of the second Test match between England and Sri Lanka at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, northern England on June 21, 2014
England lose a wicket at lunch against India
Captain Alastair Cook makes 48 not out as England reach 78-1 at lunch on day one of the third Test against India at the Ageas Bowl.
Jul 27, 13:05
England captain Alastair Cook during a nets session at the WACA on October 27, 2013
England captain Alastair Cook not worried by criticism
England captain Alastair Cook insists that he is not concerned by the criticism that has been aimed his way in recent weeks.
Jul 26, 15:14
England captain Alastair Cook leaves the crease after being bowled by Mohammed Shami for 5 runs during day two of the 1st Investec Test Match between England and India at Trent Bridge on July 10, 2014
Kevin Pietersen: 'Alastair Cook should resign as captain'
Kevin Pietersen believes that Alastair Cook should resign as England captain in order to salvage his batting career.
Jul 26, 11:30
Matt Prior of England during day three of 2nd Investec Test match between England and Sri Lanka at Headingley Cricket Ground on June 22, 2014
Mark Robinson: 'Matt Prior is right to take break from cricket'
Mark Robinson believes that Matt Prior is right to take a break from international cricket for the rest of the summer, but blames the media for making his situation worse.
Jul 24, 03:23
England captain Alastair Cook during a nets session at the WACA on October 27, 2013
Sir Richard Hadlee: 'England must support Alastair Cook'
Sir Richard Hadlee believes that Alastair Cook can still become England's most successful captain ever if he is given time to help the team return to form.
Jul 23, 05:58
Jos Buttler of England celebrates his century during the 4th Royal London One Day International match between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's Cricket Ground on May 31, 2014
Jos Buttler named as Matt Prior's replacement in England squad
Jos Buttler is named in the England squad for the third Test against India.
Jul 22, 15:39
England's Alastair Cook walks off the field after losing his wicket during day 5 of the 3rd Ashes Test on August 5, 2013
Geoffrey Boycott: 'Alastair Cook too stubborn to quit captaincy'
Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott says that Alastair Cook is too stubborn to quit his role as captain.
Jul 22, 11:34
England captain Alastair Cook leaves the crease after being bowled by Mohammed Shami for 5 runs during day two of the 1st Investec Test Match between England and India at Trent Bridge on July 10, 2014
England coach Peter Moores gives Alastair Cook backing
England coach Peter Moores believes that Alastair Cook is the right man to captain the team.
Jul 21, 16:14
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