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
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
Graeme Swann of England smiles during day five of the 5th Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at the Kia Oval on August 25, 2013
Graeme Swann praises 'fighter' Alastair Cook
Former England bowler Graeme Swann praises Alastair Cook for "standing tall" amid calls for him to resign as captain.
Jul 21, 15:33
England captain Alastair Cook during a nets session at the WACA on October 27, 2013
Alastair Cook: 'I will not quit as England captain'
Alastair Cook insists that he will not resign as England captain following his team's defeat to India at Lord's.
Jul 21, 15:16
England batsman Ian Bell looks on in disbelief after being bowled by India bowler Ishant Sharma during day four of 2nd Investec Test match between England and India at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 20, 2014
David Lloyd: 'England have lost their soul'
Former England coach David Lloyd feels that Alastair Cook's side have lost their soul as they face a huge task to avoid defeat in the second Test at Lord's against India.
Jul 21, 05:34
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
Paul Farbrace: 'Alastair Cook has our full backing'
England assistant coach Paul Farbrace says that captain Alastair Cook has the "full backing" of the dressing room.
Jul 20, 22:42
England batsman Ian Bell looks on in disbelief after being bowled by India bowler Ishant Sharma during day four of 2nd Investec Test match between England and India at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 20, 2014
England need 214 on day five to win second Test against India
England need to score 214 runs on day five to win the second Test against India, who will clinch victory themselves by taking six wickets.
Jul 20, 19:22
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 Sam Robson before tea
Sam Robson loses his wicket as England head into the tea break against India on 18-1, trailing by 300 runs.
Jul 20, 15:54
India's Ravindra Jadeja bowls during Day 2 of the second Sunfoil Series Cricket Test match between India and South Africa at the SAHARA Stadium Kingsmead in Durban on December 27, 2013
England set 319 for victory
England bowl out India in their second innings for 342, leaving them 319 runs adrift of victory in the second Test.
Jul 20, 15:08
Alastair Cook celebrates taking a wicket on day five of first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge on July 13, 2014
England take key early wickets on day four of second Test against India
England need to take just three more Indian wickets before they can start chasing down a victory target to win the second Test.
Jul 20, 13:15
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 suffer double blow after fightback as hosts reach stumps on 219-6
Gary Ballance secured his second Test hundred as England reach stumps on day two of the second Test against India at Lord's on 219-6, trailing the tourists by 67 runs.
Jul 18, 18:16
England's Ian Bell leaves the ground following his dismissal during day four of the first Ashes test on November 24, 2013
England struggle as Ian Bell, Joe Root fall before tea
England reach tea on 125-4 on day two of the second Test against India after losing Ian Bell and Joe Root in the afternoon session.
Jul 18, 15:45
England's Alastair Cook walks off the field after losing his wicket during day 5 of the 3rd Ashes Test on August 5, 2013
India remove England openers before lunch
England lose the wickets of Alastair Cook and Sam Robson before reaching 51-2 lunch on day two of the second Test match with India at Lord's.
Jul 18, 13:00
England's James Anderson leaping into the air after bowling the Australian captain Michael Clarke for 10 runs on the second day of the fourth Ashes cricket Test match against Australia in Melbourne on December 27, 2013
England seamers take two wickets before lunch
England take two wickets on the first morning of the second Test match against India at Lord's.
Jul 17, 13:16
England captain Alastair Cook during a nets session at the WACA on October 27, 2013
England win toss, choose to bowl in second Test against India
England, who remain unchanged for the second Test against India at Lord's, win the toss and choose to bowl first.
Jul 17, 10:43
England captain Alastair Cook during a nets session at the WACA on October 27, 2013
Alastair Cook: 'India allegations probably a tactic'
England captain Alastair Cook believes that allegations against teammate James Anderson are "probably a tactic" by India ahead of the second Test.
Jul 16, 13:53
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
Sam Robson: 'Alastair Cook closing in on return to form'
Sam Robson is certain that England captain Alastair Cook will return to his best in the near future.
Jul 16, 04:26
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
Peter Moores: 'Alastair Cook will stay strong'
England coach Peter Moores believes that Alastair Cook has to "stay strong" after scoring just 97 runs in his last seven innings.
Jul 14, 19:56
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 slams Trent Bridge pitch
Former England captain Nasser Hussain criticises the pitch at Trent Bridge as Alastair Cook's side and India drew the first Test of their five-match series.
Jul 14, 04:18
Alastair Cook celebrates taking a wicket on day five of first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge on July 13, 2014
Alastair Cook: "We dragged ourselves out of a hole"
England captain Alastair Cook praises Joe Root and James Anderson for saving the first Test against India.
Jul 13, 19:15
Simon Kerrigan of Lancashire during day one of the LV County Championship Division One match between Lancashire and Nottinghamshire at Liverpool Cricket Club on July 13, 2014
Simon Kerrigan called up for England
Spinner Simon Kerrigan returns to the England squad for next week's second Test against India at Lord's.
Jul 13, 18:30
Alastair Cook celebrates taking a wicket on day five of first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge on July 13, 2014
Result: England draw first Test with India at Trent Bridge
England draw the first Test with India at Trent Bridge.
Jul 13, 17:10
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
Gary Ballance, Sam Robson see England to lunch
Gary Ballance and Sam Robson see England to lunch on day three on 131-1.
Jul 11, 13:03
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
Stuart Broad: 'Alastair Cook will score century soon'
Stuart Broad backs Alastair Cook to return to his best form soon after the England captain's latest failure with the bat.
Jul 11, 05:25
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
Alastair Cook out for five as England close on 43-1 in reply to India's 457
Alastair Cook is out for five as England reach stumps on 43-1 in reply to India's 457 total on day two of the first Test at Trent Bridge.
Jul 10, 18:29
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
India score plenty of boundaries in first session against England
Led by Murali Vijay, India pass 100 runs in an impressive first session of the summer Test series against England.
Jul 9, 13:02
England's paceman Ben Stokes approaches his bowling mark against Australia during day two of the second Ashes Test cricket match in Adelaide on December 6, 2013
England's Ben Stokes replaces Chris Jordan for opening Test against India
All-rounder Ben Stokes replaces Chris Jordan in the England team for the first Test against India at Trent Bridge.
Jul 9, 10:45
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
MS Dhoni prepared for England revival in Test series
MS Dhoni believes that England will soon return to their best form in Test cricket ahead of the series opener at Trent Bridge.
Jul 9, 03:57
Sir Ian Botham, Laureus Academy Member speaks to the media during the Sri Lanka Walk Launch on June 12, 2013
Sir Ian Botham expects comfortable England win against India
Former England captain Sir Ian Botham is confident that the current team will defeat India in their upcoming Test series.
Jul 8, 16:02
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 confident of Matt Prior fitness
England captain Alastair Cook reveals that Matt Prior is "99% certain" to be fit for Wednesday's Test series opener against India.
Jul 8, 15:16
England captain Alastair Cook during a nets session at the WACA on October 27, 2013
England captain Alastair Cook desperate to score runs
England captain Alastair Cook admits that he is desperate to score runs at the top of the order during his side's upcoming Test series against India.
Jul 8, 15:05
England's Alastair Cook walks off the field after losing his wicket during day 5 of the 3rd Ashes Test on August 5, 2013
Michael Vaughan: 'Alastair Cook should keep captaincy'
Michael Vaughan believes that Alastair Cook is still the right man to captain England ahead of the Test series against India.
Jul 8, 04:25
England coach Andy Flower speaks to the media during a press conference at the team hotel on December 18, 2013
Andy Flower defends Alastair Cook amid criticism
Former England coach Andy Flower believes that the criticism of Alastair Cook's captaincy and form is unfair given his past performances for the Three Lions.
Jul 6, 02:48
England's paceman Ben Stokes approaches his bowling mark against Australia during day two of the second Ashes Test cricket match in Adelaide on December 6, 2013
James Whitaker: 'We expect to rotate our seam attack'
England national selector James Whitaker reveals that the Three Lions will rotate their seam bowlers in the five-match Test series against India.
Jul 4, 04:51
England captain Alastair Cook during a nets session at the WACA on October 27, 2013
James Whitaker: 'England selectors are 100% behind Alastair Cook'
James Whitaker insists that Alastair Cook has the selection panel's full support ahead of the series with India.
Jul 3, 04:55
Liam Plunkett of England bowls during a nets session at Headingley on June 19, 2014
Liam Plunkett: 'Alastair Cook made me feel welcome on return'
Laim Plunkett praises Alastair Cook for allowing him to feel relaxed on his return to the England squad.
Jul 2, 04:20
England's Stuart Broad celebrates taking another wicket during the fourth Ashes Test with Australia on August 12, 2013
Stuart Broad: 'One score will relieve Alastair Cook pressure'
Stuart Broad insists that returning to form with the bat will help England captain Alastair Cook relieve the pressure that is on his leadership of the Test side.
Jul 2, 00:33