Alastair Cook

Born: December 25, 1984 (age 31)

Height: 6'2" (188cm)

Hometown: Gloucester, England
Nationality: England flag English

Role: Opening batsman

Batting Style: Left-handed
Bowling Style: Right-arm slow, Right-arm medium
Alastair Cook poses for an England portrait session on May 19, 2015
Career History
InternationalNational SideEngland (2006-)
Test DebutMar 1, 1996 vs. India
ODI DebutJun 28, 1996 vs. Sri Lanka
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Pakistan cricket team captain Misbah-ul-Haq plays a shot during the first day of the opening Test match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on August 6, 2014
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq: 'We were below average against England'
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq says that his team were "below average" in their second-Test defeat to England at Old Trafford.
Jul 25, 18:57
Alastair Cook celebrates his century on day three of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on October 15, 2015
England captain Alastair Cook pleased to "bounce back" in second Test
England captain Alastair Cook says that it is "nice to bounce back" by winning the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford.
Jul 25, 18:46
Joe Root in action on the second day of the Fourth Test of The Ashes on August 7, 2015
Result: England level up series against Pakistan with 330-run victory in second Test
England level up the series 1-1 by beating Pakistan by 330 runs in the second Test at Old Trafford.
Jul 25, 17:45
Alastair Cook and ickle Joe Root on day two of the fourth Test between South Africa and England on January 23, 2016
England in full control over Pakistan
England dismiss Pakistan for 198 and decide not to enact the follow-on, extending their lead to 489 by the close of day three at Old Trafford.
Jul 24, 20:47
Joe Root celebrates his half century during the World Twenty20 final between England and the West Indies at Eden Gardens on April 3, 2016
England reduce Pakistan to 57-4 at Old Trafford to take control
Pakistan trail England by 532 runs at the end of play on day two of the second Test at Old Trafford.
Jul 23, 18:57
Alastair Cook and ickle Joe Root on day two of the fourth Test between South Africa and England on January 23, 2016
Alastair Cook, Joe Root hit tons as England pass 300 against Pakistan
Alastair Cook and Joe Root score centuries as England end day one of the second Test against Pakistan on 314-4.
Jul 22, 18:34
Adil Rashid of England reacts after being hit to the boundary during day two of the 1st Test between Pakistan and England at Zayed Cricket Stadium on October 14, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Adil Rashid snubbed as England win toss and choose to bat against Pakistan
Adil Rashid misses out as England win the toss and opt to bat against Pakistan in the second Test at Old Trafford.
Jul 22, 10:57
A frustrated Steven Finn gets down on all fours on day three of the second Test between South Africa and England on January 4, 2016)
Jake Ball, Steven Finn left out of England team for second Test against Pakistan
England captain Alastair Cook confirms that Jake Ball and Steven Finn will not be part of the 12-man team for the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford.
Jul 21, 12:42
Alastair Cook walks off after being dismissed early during the second innings on day three of the first Test between South Africa and England on December 28, 2015
Alastair Cook: 'England made to pay by Pakistan in first Test'
Alastair Cook admits that England "paid the price" for their negative display during the first innings of their first Test with Pakistan, which ended in a 75-run defeat.
Jul 17, 19:30
Pakistan cricketer Yasir Shah (R) and teammates celebrate the dismissal of Sri Lankan cricketer Rangana Herath during the final day of the opening Test match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on June 21, 20
Result: Pakistan beat England by 75 runs to win first Test at Lord's
Pakistan take the lead in the four-Test series with England courtesy of a 75-run victory at Lord's.
Jul 17, 18:12
Pakistan cricketer Yasir Shah (R) and teammates celebrate the dismissal of Sri Lankan cricketer Rangana Herath during the final day of the opening Test match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on June 21, 20
Yasir Shah puts Pakistan in control at Lord's
Yasir Shah takes five wickets on day two of the first Test between England and Pakistan to put the tourists in control.
Jul 15, 19:26
A cricket ball on the field
Jake Ball to make England Test debut against Pakistan at Lord's
England captain Alastair Cook confirms that fast bowler Jake Ball will make his Test debut against Pakistan at Lord's tomorrow.
Jul 13, 12:43
Joe Root celebrates the wicket of Johnson Charles during the World Twenty20 final between England and the West Indies at Eden Gardens on April 3, 2016
Joe Root ready to move up to number three
England batsman Joe Root insists that he is ready to move up to number three in the batting order for the Test series against Pakistan.
Jul 12, 13:35
Alastair Cook at an Essex CCC photocall on April 7, 2016
England captain Alastair Cook laments weather interruption
Alastair Cook expresses his disappointment after England's third Test match against Sri Lanka is called off due to bad weather.
Jun 13, 22:36
England's Alex Hales plays a shot watched by Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal on the fourth day of the third Test on June 12, 2016
Alex Hales edges England towards victory in third Test
Alex Hales hits 94 as England set an imposing target for Sri Lanka in the third Test at Lord's.
Jun 12, 19:18
Football pundit Alan Shearer attends the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards at ExCeL on December 16, 2012
Alan Shearer, Alastair Cook recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours List
Former England striker Alan Shearer and England cricket captain Alastair Cook are awarded CBEs in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Jun 11, 09:19
Alastair Cook at an Essex CCC photocall on April 7, 2016
Alastair Cook: 'Match-fixers should be banned for life'
England captain Alastair Cook insists that players found guilty of match-fixing should be handed lifetime bans.
Jun 9, 10:11
England batsman Alastair Cook raises his bat after reaching 10,000 Test runs against Sri Lanka on May 30, 2016
England to name unchanged side for third Test against Sri Lanka
England captain Alastair Cook confirms that the team is unchanged for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka, which begins at Lord's tomorrow.
Jun 8, 12:57
England batsman Alastair Cook raises his bat after reaching 10,000 Test runs against Sri Lanka on May 30, 2016
Trevor Bayliss: 'Alastair Cook can catch Sachin Tendulkar'
England head coach Trevor Bayliss sees "no reason" why Alastair Cook cannot overtake Sachin Tendulkar as the leading run-scorer in Test cricket history.
May 31, 22:15
England batsman Alastair Cook raises his bat after reaching 10,000 Test runs against Sri Lanka on May 30, 2016
England unchanged for third Test
England name the same squad for the third Test against Sri Lanka, which could mean a debut for bowler Jake Ball at Lord's.
May 30, 21:33
Alastair Cook walks off after being dismissed early during the second innings on day three of the first Test between South Africa and England on December 28, 2015
England captain Alastair Cook: 'Reaching 10,000 Test runs is very special'
England captain Alastair Cook says that it was a "very special moment" to pull up 10,000 Test runs, making him the first Englishman to do so.
May 30, 18:19
England batsman Nick Compton hits the winning runs during day four of the Test match against Sri Lanka on May 30, 2016
Result: England wrap up series win over Sri Lanka with nine-wicket victory in second Test
England wrap up a series win over Sri Lanka by winning the second Test by nine wickets in Durham.
May 30, 16:44
England batsman Alastair Cook raises his bat after reaching 10,000 Test runs against Sri Lanka on May 30, 2016
England captain Alastair Cook makes history by reaching 10,000 Test runs
Alastair Cook becomes the first England cricketer and youngest in the sport to reach 10,000 Test runs.
May 30, 15:16
Joe Root in action on day four of the first Test between South Africa and England on December 29, 2015
England comfortable after closing day one of second Test against Sri Lanka on 310-6
England are in a comfortable position after reaching stumps on day one of the second Test against Sri Lanka on 310-6 in Durham.
May 27, 18:11
Alastair Cook walks off after being dismissed early during the second innings on day three of the first Test between South Africa and England on December 28, 2015
Andrew Flintoff backs Alastair Cook to catch Sachin Tendulkar's Test run record
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff believes that Alastair Cook can break Sachin Tendulkar's record of Test runs as he closes in on his 10,000th.
May 26, 20:39
Chris Woakes of England grimaces in the field during day one of the 5th Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at the Kia Oval on August 21, 2013
Chris Woakes to replace Ben Stokes in England team for second Sri Lanka Test
Alastair Cook reveals that injured all-rounded Ben Stokes will be replaced by Chris Woakes for the second Test meeting with Sri Lanka, which gets underway on Friday.
May 26, 12:17
English fast bowler James Anderson celebrates after becoming the highest ever English wicket taker with 384 after taking the wicket of West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin on day five of the first cricket Test match between West Indies and England at the Sir
England dominate day two of first Test by dismissing Sri Lanka for 91
England dominate day two of the first Test against Sri Lanka after bowling their opponents out for 91 and taking a 206-run lead.
May 20, 18:45
Jonny Bairstow stomps off on day one of the fourth Test between South Africa and England on January 22, 2016
Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow halted by rain at Headingley
England end day one of their meeting with Sri Lanka on 171-5 after a slow start to the first Test at Headingley.
May 19, 18:29
Alastair Cook and ickle Joe Root on day two of the fourth Test between South Africa and England on January 23, 2016
England lose toss ahead of first Test match with Sri Lanka
England are put into bat by Sri Lanka ahead of the first Test at Headingley.
May 19, 10:32
Steven Finn celebrates claiming a wicket on day three of the third Test between South Africa and England on January 16, 2016
Steven Finn picked ahead of Jake Ball for England's first Test against Sri Lanka
England captain Alastair Cook picks Steven Finn ahead of Jake Ball for the first Test against Sri Lanka.
May 18, 18:20
Alastair Cook at an Essex CCC photocall on April 7, 2016
Alastair Cook pens new two-year Essex contract
England Test captain Alastair Cook pens a new two-year contract with his county side Essex.
May 5, 11:47
Alastair Cook at an Essex CCC photocall on April 7, 2016
England Test captain Alastair Cook scores century for Essex
Alastair Cook scores a century for Essex in their County Championship match against Gloucestershire.
Apr 11, 15:35
Ben Stokes and Joe Root walk off for tea on day two of the third Test between South Africa and England on January 15, 2016
Alastair Cook: 'England must protect top players'
England Test captain Alastair Cook suggests that Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Moeen Ali be rested on occasion.
Feb 10, 22:50
England captain Alastair Cook celebrates winning the 1st Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at SWALEC Stadium on July 11, 2015
Alastair Cook wary of cricket 'sin-bins'
England Test captain Alastair Cook warns that cricket could become "too PC" if sin-bins are introduced to the sport.
Feb 10, 22:30
Alastair Cook walks off after being dismissed early during the second innings on day three of the first Test between South Africa and England on December 28, 2015
England captain Alastair Cook: 'There is a lot of work for us to do'
England captain Alastair Cook says that his team have work to do following their 280-run defeat to South Africa in the fourth and final Test in Centurion.
Jan 26, 13:54
Kagiso Rabada celebrates dismissing Alex Hales on day two of the third Test between South Africa and England on January 15, 2016
England lose three early wickets in chase of 382-run target
England's openers crumble as they end day four of the final Test on 52-3, requiring 330 runs to beat South Africa in Centurion.
Jan 25, 16:38
Kagiso Rabada celebrates the wicket of Joe Root on day three of the fourth Test between South Arica and England on January 24, 2016
Kagiso Rabada stars as South Africa add to lead
Kagiso Rabada claims seven wickets in the first England innings as South Africa take pole position in the fourth Test.
Jan 24, 16:21
Ben Stokes squats seductively on day two of the fourth Test between South Africa and England on January 23, 2016
Ben Stokes: 'We let South Africa off the hook'
Ben Stokes rues opportunities missed after England allow South Africa to amass 475 runs during the final Test in Centurion.
Jan 23, 20:40
Alastair Cook and ickle Joe Root on day two of the fourth Test between South Africa and England on January 23, 2016
Alastair Cook leads England fightback
Alastair Cook gets a half-century as the tourists reduce the deficit to 337 runs on the second day of the fourth Test between South Africa and England.
Jan 23, 19:27
Joe Root celebrates his century on day two of the third Test between South Africa and England on January 15, 2016
England batsman Joe Root stars with century on day two in Johannesburg
Joe Root scores his ninth Test century as England battle back from a tough start and close in on South Africa's first-innings total in the third Test.
Jan 15, 15:19