Alastair Cook

Position: Opening batsman
Team: England
Born: December 25, 1984 (age 29)
Hometown: Gloucester, England
Height: 6'2"
Nationality: English
England cricketer Moeen Ali raises his bat and helmet in celebration after scoring a century (100 runs) during the first One Day International (ODI) match between Sri Lanka and England at the R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo on November 26, 2014
Moeen Ali targets improvement after maiden one-day international century
England all-rounder Moeen Ali claims that he can play even better after hitting his maiden one-day international century in the loss to Sri Lanka.
02:41
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 urges bowlers to improve after loss to Sri Lanka
Alastair Cook believes that England's bowlers must "get savvy with the ball" following the loss to Sri Lanka in the first one-day international.
02:25
England cricketer Moeen Ali raises his bat and helmet in celebration after scoring a century (100 runs) during the first One Day International (ODI) match between Sri Lanka and England at the R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo on November 26, 2014
Result: Moeen Ali, Ravi Bopara heroics in vain as England lose opening ODI with Sri Lanka
England suffer a 25-run defeat in the opening one-day international with Sri Lanka, despite Moeen Ali's maiden century and Ravi Bopara's lower-order exploits in Colombo.
18:11
Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan plays a shot during the third and final Twenty20 cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Suriyawewa Mahinda Rajapakse International Cricket Stadium in the southern district of Hambantota on August 6,
England require 318 to win first ODI following dominant Sri Lanka innings
England require 318 to win the first one-day international in Colombo following a dominant innings from Sri Lanka.
13:46
Phil Hughes lies on the ground surrounded by teammates after taking a knock to the head on November 25, 2014
Alastair Cook: 'England in shock over Phil Hughes injury'
Alastair Cook says that England's group of players are all "massively concerned" for Phill Hughes, who remains in a critical condition in hospital.
Nov 26, 07:30
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 hopeful of making progress in one-day internationals
Alastair Cook admits that England need to improve quickly over the next few months ahead of next year's World Cup.
Nov 26, 03:52
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
Alastair Cook: 'Alex Hales is still in picture'
England captain Alastair Cook is adamant that Alex Hales could still play for his side in their one-day international series against Sri Lanka.
Nov 22, 15:00
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
Result: Moeen Ali shines as England win first tour match in Sri Lanka
Moeen Ali stars with both bat and ball as England win by 56 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method in their opening tour match against Sri Lanka A in Colombo.
Nov 21, 20:40
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
Moeen Ali to open against Sri Lanka A
Mooen Ali is selected to partner Alastair Cook in the tour match against Sri Lanka A on Friday.
Nov 21, 03:35
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
Ian Bell: 'We need to become aggressive to win World Cup'
England batsman Ian Bell feels that a change to an aggressive approach is needed if the Three Lions are to win the World Cup next year.
Nov 18, 04:17
Former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss during a press conference on August 29, 2012
Andrew Strauss: England play "too fearfully"
Andrew Strauss believes that fear is crippling England's batsmen at one-day international level.
Nov 17, 15:14
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: "This is our best chance" to win World Cup
England captain Alastair Cook believes that his side have their "best chance" ever to win the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.
Nov 16, 06:09
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: 'Alastair Cook must find best form in Sri Lanka'
Michael Vaughan claims that Alastair Cook will have to quickly find his best form on the tour of Sri Lanka.
Nov 13, 03:57
Sachin Tendulkar of India during a nets session at Sardar Patel Stadium on November 14, 2012
Sachin Tendulkar writes off England's 2015 World Cup chances
Cricketing great and former winner Sachin Tendulkar does not expect England to be competitive at the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.
Nov 7, 22:52
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Interview: Former England cricketer Graeme Swann talks rally driving
Sports Mole talks to former England spin-bowler Graeme Swann as he prepares to get behind the wheel of a rally car.
Nov 5, 12:09
England's James Anderson during day 3 of the 4th Ashes Test at Durham on August 11, 2013
James Anderson: England aiming "to win the World Cup"
Leading bowler James Anderson says that England have every intention of trying to win the one-day international World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.
Nov 2, 12:17
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
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