Alastair Cook

Position: Opening batsman
Team: England
Born: December 25, 1984 (age 29)
Hometown: Gloucester, England
Height: 6'2"
Nationality: English
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
Alastair Cook: 'Matt Prior is a great man'
England captain Alastair Cook is adamant that Matt Prior was not a bully or a negative influence in the dressing room amid criticism from Kevin Pietersen.
Oct 14, 02:16
England coach Andy Flower at the fifth Ashes test on August 25, 2013
Alastair Cook defends Andy Flower regime
England captain Alastair Cook insists that Andy Flower was responsible for a lot of the team's success amid criticism from Kevin Pietersen.
Oct 13, 05:17
Alastair Cook of England speaks to the media during a press conference at the end of day five of the Second Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 9, 2013
Alastair Cook: 'There was no bullying culture'
Alastair Cook denies the remarks made by Kevin Pietersen in his autobiography that there was a bullying culture in the England dressing room.
Oct 13, 04:40
England captain Alastair Cook during a nets session at the WACA on October 27, 2013
Alastair Cook: Kevin Pietersen book has "tarnished" England success
England captain Alastair Cook feels that his side's success under Andy Flower has been "tarnished" by Kevin Pietersen's autobiography.
Oct 13, 04:19
Kevin Pietersen of England bats during day three of 4th Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Emirates Durham ICG on August 11, 2013
Kevin Pietersen saga: No one wins as ECB fail to take higher ground
Sports Mole takes a look at how the Kevin Pietersen saga has had an impact on the future of English cricket.
Oct 10, 10:37
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen stands in the field for Surrey on August 19, 2012.
Kevin Pietersen: 'ECB document is a joke'
Kevin Pietersen slams the ECB as "embarrassing" after a document allegedly detailing the batsman's misdemeanours was 'leaked'.
Oct 8, 12:09
Kevin Pietersen with his wife Jessica Taylor during the Shane Warne's Australia vs Michael Vaughan's England T20 match at Circenster Cricket Club on June 9, 2013
England and Wales Cricket Board's alleged dossier on Kevin Pietersen leaked?
The ECB's dossier on Kevin Pietersen's alleged behaviour during England's disastrous winter Ashes tour is understood to have been leaked.
Oct 7, 18:17
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
Kevin Pietersen slams Matt Prior for being "negative influence" in England team
Kevin Pietersen accuses Matt Prior of being a bully and a "negative influence" in the England dressing room.
Oct 6, 06:46
Gary Ballance in action during day four of the LV County Championship division One match between Yorkshire and Middlesex at Headingley on September 20, 2013
What we learned in the 2014 season
Sports Mole looks back on the lessons learned from the 2014 season in England.
Oct 3, 11:50
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
Sam Robson desperate to prove worth after missing out on central contract
Sam Robson insists that missing out on a central contract has not had an impact on his England ambitions.
Oct 3, 02:36
England's Alastair Cook walks off after being stumped off the bowling of India's Ambati Rayudu during the third one-day international cricket match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, central England on August 30, 2014
James Anderson: 'Players expected Alastair Cook to retain captaincy'
James Anderson insists that England's players always expected Alastair Cook to retain the one-day international captaincy.
Oct 2, 04:27
England captain Alastair Cook during a nets session at the WACA on October 27, 2013
Alastair Cook retains England one-day international captaincy for Sri Lanka tour
Alastair Cook keeps his place as England ODI captain for the team's upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.
Sep 24, 13:00
Eoin Morgan in action for England against Australia.
James Anderson: 'Eoin Morgan will be key at World Cup'
James Anderson is certain that Eoin Morgan will be key if England are to enjoy success in one-day internationals over the next few months.
Sep 24, 03:37
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 'to remain England captain for next year's World Cup'
Alastair Cook is reportedly expected to continue as England one-day captain for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Sep 23, 07:14
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 am still motivated to be England captain'
Alastair Cook insists that he is still determined to taste more success in his role as England captain.
Sep 17, 05:20
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
Paul Grayson: 'Alastair Cook should captain England at World Cup'
Essex head coach Paul Grayson believes that Alastair Cook deserves the chance to captain England at the World Cup.
Sep 9, 19:50
England's Alastair Cook walks off the field after losing his wicket during day 5 of the 3rd Ashes Test on August 5, 2013
Alastair Cook to play no part in Essex season finale
England captain Alastair Cook has been given the remainder of the summer off by the ECB.
Sep 7, 08:44
England batsman Eoin Morgan in action for Middlesex on August 05, 2012.
Eoin Morgan "has every confidence" in Alastair Cook's captaincy
Alastair Cook is the right man to captain England's one-day international side, according to Eoin Morgan, who has been tipped to replace the under-fire skipper.
Sep 6, 17:30
England's Joe Root gestures to the crowd as he walks off having lost his wicket for 113 during the fifth one-day international (ODI) cricket match between England and India at Headingley in Leeds, northern England, on September 5, 2014
Result: Joe Root leads England to consolation win over India
Joe Root scores a century on his home ground to lead England to a consolation victory over India at Headingley, as the one-day international series finishes 3-1.
Sep 5, 17:58
England's Joe Root walks off at the end of day two of the fifth Test with India on August 16, 2014
Joe Root century helps England to 294
England post India a target of 295 in the final one-day international at Headingley after a century from Joe Root.
Sep 5, 13:40
England's Alastair Cook walks off after being stumped off the bowling of India's Ambati Rayudu during the third one-day international cricket match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, central England on August 30, 2014
Alastair Cook faces battle to save legacy
Sports Mole takes a look at the reasons why it is time for Alastair Cook to walk away from one-day international cricket.
Sep 5, 10:20
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
Stuart Broad: 'It is an exciting time for England'
Stuart Broad claims that he is excited by the potential of the England squad ahead of the World Cup next year.
Sep 4, 04:58
England's Alastair Cook walks off after being stumped off the bowling of India's Ambati Rayudu during the third one-day international cricket match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, central England on August 30, 2014
Michael Vaughan: 'Sack Alastair Cook if he doesn't resign'
If he does not resign as England's one-day international captain, Michael Vaughan calls on the ECB to sack Alastair Cook for the good of the team.
Sep 3, 14:15
England's Alastair Cook walks off after being stumped off the bowling of India's Ambati Rayudu during the third one-day international cricket match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, central England on August 30, 2014
Graeme Swann: 'England need to make changes in limited-overs cricket'
Graeme Swann believes that England must not resist the temptation to make changes in limited-overs cricket.
Sep 3, 04:44
England's Alastair Cook walks off after being stumped off the bowling of India's Ambati Rayudu during the third one-day international cricket match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, central England on August 30, 2014
Alastair Cook stands firm on retaining England one-day captaincy
Alastair Cook reiterates that he is determined to carry on as England's one-day international captain, despite the run of heavy defeats in the series loss to India.
Sep 3, 01:35
England's Alastair Cook walks off after being stumped off the bowling of India's Ambati Rayudu during the third one-day international cricket match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, central England on August 30, 2014
Alastair Cook: 'India have outskilled us'
Alastair Cook admits that his England side are struggling to cope with India in all departments.
Sep 2, 16:55
England's Alastair Cook walks off after being stumped off the bowling of India's Ambati Rayudu during the third one-day international cricket match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, central England on August 30, 2014
Result: India thrash England to clinch one-day international series
India hammer England by nine wickets at Edgbaston to clinch the ODI series between the teams.
Sep 2, 16:41
England's Alastair Cook walks off after being stumped off the bowling of India's Ambati Rayudu during the third one-day international cricket match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, central England on August 30, 2014
England struggling against India
England set India a modest target of 207 to win the fourth ODI between the teams in Birmingham.
Sep 2, 13:41
England's Alastair Cook walks off after being stumped off the bowling of India's Ambati Rayudu during the third one-day international cricket match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, central England on August 30, 2014
England struggle after strong start
England are bowled out for 227 in their third one-day international against India at Trent Bridge.
Aug 30, 13:45
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: 'Entire England one-day team behind Alastair Cook'
Alex Hales backs Alastair Cook to lead the England one-day side following calls for the captain to quit.
Aug 29, 17:01
Moeen Ali of England waits to bat during the tour match between Western Australia 2nd XI and England Performance Programme at James Oval on December 12, 2013
Alastair Cook expects Moeen Ali to return to one-day internationals
Alastair Cook reveals that Moeen Ali is likely to be given the chance to impress against India at some stage of the one-day international series.
Aug 29, 04:42
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 left frustrated by Graeme Swann criticism
Alastair Cook admits to feeling disappointed by criticism he received from "so-called friend" Graeme Swann.
Aug 28, 04:58
England captain Alastair Cook during a nets session at the WACA on October 27, 2013
Alastair Cook frustrated by poor display in defeat to India
Alastair Cook admits that England could have no complaints with the defeat to India in the second one-day international on Wednesday.
Aug 27, 20:06
Mohammed Shami of India celebrates with Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni after capturing the wicket of Alastair Cook of England during the second Royal London One-Day Series match between England and India at the SWALEC Stadium on August 27, 2014
Result: England comfortably beaten by India in second ODI
India bowl England out for just 161 to win the second one-day international by 133 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the five-game series.
Aug 27, 19:43
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 to make one-day international debut for England against India
Alex Hales will make his one-day international debut for England after he was named in the team to take on India in the second ODI in Cardiff.
Aug 27, 10:14
England's Alastair Cook walks off the field after losing his wicket during day 5 of the 3rd Ashes Test on August 5, 2013
Joe Root: 'Alastair Cook has backing of entire England squad'
Joe Roots backs Alastair Cook to lead England to a one-day series victory over India.
Aug 27, 06:40
Joe Root of England bats during the tour match between University of West Indies Vice Chancellor's XI and England XI at Sir Viv Richards Cricket Ground on February 25, 2014
Joe Root happy with quality of batting in England squad
Joe Root believes that England's batting lineup is in a strong position ahead of the second one-day international against India on Wednesday.
Aug 26, 19:08
Graeme Swann of England looks on after the end of play on day two of the tour match between the Chairman's XI and England at Traeger Park Oval on November 30, 2013
Graeme Swann: 'Alastair Cook should quit one-day internationals'
Graeme Swann believes that the likes of Alastair Cook are holding the England one-day international side back.
Aug 25, 19:37
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