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
Sports Mole has 1,194 articles about Alastair Cook. Articles 1 to 40:
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
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
England batsman Alex Hales 'assessed ahead of third Test due to stomach bug'
England batsman Alex Hales is reportedly being assessed ahead of the third Test against South Africa due to a stomach bug.
Jan 13, 11:33
Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow in action on day two of the second Test between South Africa and England on January 3, 2016
Alastair Cook hails Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow partnership
England captain Alastair Cook heaps praise on Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow for their 399-run partnership in the first innings of the second Test against South Africa.
Jan 6, 16:40
Joe Root is dismissed on day five of the second Test between South Africa and England on January 6, 2016
Result: England maintain series lead with draw in second Test against South Africa
South Africa and England draw the second Test in Cape Town after bad light and rain brought a premature end to play on day five in Cape Town.
Jan 6, 14:58
Hashim Amla in action on day three of the second Test between South Africa and England on January 4, 2016
South Africa declare on 627 against England after Temba Bavuma scores maiden ton
Temba Bavuma scores a maiden Test century before South Africa declare on 627 in the third Test against England in Cape Town.
Jan 5, 16:06
Jonny Bairstow celebrates his century on day two of the second Test between South Africa and England on January 3, 2016
Jonny Bairstow hails 'best day' of his life
Jonny Bairstow hails "the best day" of his life after he claims his first Test maiden for England in Cape Town.
Jan 3, 21:08
Ben 'stunning' Stokes celebrates with teammates on day two of the second Test between South Africa and England on January 3, 2016
Hashim Amla leads South Africa fightback after Ben Stokes showpiece for England
Hashim Amla leads the fightback as South Africa keep themselves in the second Test against England after Ben Stokes scored a historic double-hundred on day two.
Jan 3, 16:00
A celebratory Steven Finn in action on day three of the first Test between South Africa and England on December 28, 2015
England dominate day three to take control of first Test in South Africa
England put themselves in command of the first Test against South Africa with a dominant third day in Durban.
Dec 28, 20:39
South Africa's Morne Morkel delights in taking the wicket of England's Chris Woakes on December 27, 2015
England all out for 303
South Africa bowl out touring England for 303 runs during the first innings of the opening Test match in Durban.
Dec 27, 10:25
Nick Compton in action on day one of the first Test between South Africa and England on December 26, 2015
Nick Compton, James Taylor lead England fightback against South Africa
Nick Compton and James Taylor both hit half-centuries as England fight back from 49-3 to finish day one of the first Test against South Africa on 179-4.
Dec 26, 21:16
South Africa celebrate after Dale Steyn took the wicket of England captain Alastair Cook on day one of the first Test in Durban on December 26, 2015
Alastair Cook falls before rain forces lunch in first South Africa-England Test
South Africa paceman Dale Steyn removes England captain Alastair Cook for a duck before lunch is taken early in the first Test in Durban due to rain.
Dec 26, 10:08
Moeen Ali in action for England on day two of the first Test of The Ashes on July 9, 2015
Moeen Ali "happy" to bat at number eight
All-rounder Moeen Ali says that he cannot wait to bat at number eight for England, having had an unsuccessful spell at the top of the order.
Dec 22, 13:54
Moeen Ali at an England portrait session in May 2015
Result: England win final warm-up encounter
Spinner Moeen Ali takes 6-77 as England record an innings victory over South Africa A in Pietermaritzburg.
Dec 22, 10:06
Joe Root and Alastair Cook have a cheeky kickabout during an England nets session on August 18, 2015
Alastair Cook, Joe Root score centuries for England
Skipper Alastair Cook and Joe Root reach three figures during England's warm-up encounter against South Africa A in Pietermaritzburg.
Dec 21, 21:28
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
James Taylor backs Alex Hales to "bounce back"
James Taylor believes that Alex Hales has what it takes to "bounce back" from his low scores against a South African Invitational XI.
Dec 17, 23:12
Englands Ben Stokes celebrates reaching his century during play on the fourth day of the first cricket Test match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London on May 24, 2015
England's James Taylor, Ben Stokes hit warm-up centuries
James Taylor and Ben Stokes both hit three figures during England's tour encounter against a South Africa Invitational XI.
Dec 15, 19:56
Nick Compton of Somerset smashes the ball to the boundary during day three of the LV County Championship division one match between Nottinghamshire and Somerset at Trent Bridge on September 26, 2013
Nick Compton makes 58 on England return
Following his two-year Test exile, England's Nick Compton produces a knock of 58 runs in a warm-up match in South Africa.
Dec 15, 12:25
Alex Hales celebrates with England teammate Joe Root after making his maiden ODI century against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on November 13, 2015
Trevor Bayliss: 'Alex Hales will open in first Test'
Alex Hales will open for England in the first Test against South Africa, confirms Trevor Bayliss.
Dec 12, 14:54
Joe Root looks on from the balcony on August 8, 2015
England's Joe Root not thinking about Test captaincy
Joe Root is not thinking about being England's next Test captain, opting instead to concentrate on the upcoming tour of South Africa.
Dec 9, 15:58
Alastair Cook celebrates his century on day three of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on October 15, 2015
England trio named in ICC Test Team of the Year 2015
England's Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad and Joe Root are named in the ICC Test Team of the Year for 2015.
Dec 2, 08:24
England's Ben Stokes and England players celebrates as England wrap up the game and retain the Ashes on the third day of the fourth Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England on August 8, 2015
England in South Africa: Who makes the XI?
Sports Mole picks the 11 players that should take to the field for England's first Test match away in South Africa later this month.
Dec 1, 12:16
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: 'Ian Bell will benefit from Test axe'
England captain Alastair Cook believes that Ian Bell will return to Test cricket and that his break will "do him the world of good".
Nov 26, 08:00
Alex Hales celebrates with England teammate Joe Root after making his maiden ODI century against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on November 13, 2015
Stuart Broad: 'Alex Hales deserves his chance in Test cricket'
Stuart Broad is confident that Alex Hales can rise to the challenge of opening the batting for England in Test cricket.
Nov 20, 22:18
Nick Compton of Somerset smashes the ball to the boundary during day three of the LV County Championship division one match between Nottinghamshire and Somerset at Trent Bridge on September 26, 2013
Nick Compton relieved to be back in England squad
Nick Compton admits that he was not sure if he would ever play for England again, before being recalled to the side.
Nov 19, 12:59
Ian Bell during an England portrait session in May 2015
Ian Bell dropped from England Test squad for South Africa series
Ian Bell is left out of the England Test squad for the tour of South Africa.
Nov 19, 10:04
Mitchell Johnson leaves the field after playing his final Test for Australia on November 17, 2015
Mitchell Johnson: Top five bowling spells
Following his retirement, Sports Mole looks back on five of Mitchell Johnson's most impressive bowling spells at international level.
Nov 17, 13:09
England captain Eoin Morgan bats during the 1st ODI Royal London One-Day match between England and New Zealand at Edgbaston on June 9, 2015
England win toss, unchanged for second one-day international with Pakistan
England captain Eoin Morgan wins the toss and names an unchanged side for the second one-day international with Pakistan.
Nov 13, 10:50
Vernon Philander of South Africa prepares to bowl during the Cricket World Cup one-day warm up match between New Zealand and South Africa at Hagley Park Oval in Christchurch on February 11, 2015
South African bowler Vernon Philander doubtful to face England
A foot injury may rule Vernon Philander out of South Africa's Test series against England, which gets underway on Boxing Day.
Nov 12, 15:09
Pakistan cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq poses with the trophy after his team's series victory following the third and final Test cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at The Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on July 7, 2015
Misbah-ul-Haq wants to play county cricket
Veteran batsman Misbah-ul-Haq aims to play county cricket next year in case he decides to feature against England in July.
Nov 7, 12:43
England captain Alastair Cook celebrates reaching 200 runs on day four of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on October 16, 2015
Alastair Cook 'concerned' by England's batting following Pakistan defeat
England captain Alastair Cook admits that he is 'concerned' by his team's batting following a 2-0 series defeat to Pakistan in the UAE.
Nov 5, 13:14
Alastair Cook during an England nets session on May 28, 2015
Result: England slump to 2-0 series loss
Alastair Cook's England lose their Test series against Pakistan 2-0 following a 127-run defeat in Sharjah.
Nov 5, 09:24
Joe Root of England plays a pull shot on day two of the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai on October 23, 2015
England lose five wickets to Pakistan as hopes of winning final Test crumble
England's hopes of salvaging the series are dashed as they lose five wickets to Pakistan, who have a 164-run lead on day four of the final Test in Sharjah.
Nov 5, 08:06
England captain Alastair Cook celebrates reaching 200 runs on day four of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on October 16, 2015
England lose two wickets in pursuit of 284
England end day four needing 238 runs with eight wickets in hand to win the third and final Test match against Pakistan.
Nov 4, 13:23