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Alastair Cook

Born: December 25, 1984 (age 36)

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
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Career History
InternationalNational SideEngland (2006-)
Test DebutMar 1, 1996 vs. India
ODI DebutJun 28, 1996 vs. Sri Lanka
Sports Mole has 1,382 articles about Alastair Cook. Articles 1 to 40:
Alastair Cook pictured in September 2018
Sir Alastair Cook could extend county cricket career
The former England captain's three-year contract with Essex expires after the 2021 campaign.
Mar 31, 17:44
India batsman Rishabh Pant pictured in September 2018
Result: India ease to 3-1 series victory over England
Joe Root's men had no answers.
Mar 6, 10:58
England captain Joe Root celebrates with the Wisden Trophy on July 28, 2020
Joe Root invites ICC to make own judgement on state of Ahmedabad pitch
England were beaten by 10 wickets to go 2-1 down in the series.
Feb 26, 08:45
Alastair Cook pictured in September 2018
Pundits criticise pitch, England selection policy after loss
There were 17 wickets inside two sessions on the second day of the Test as Joe Root's side suffered defeat.
Feb 25, 16:04
England captain Joe Root celebrates with the Wisden Trophy on July 28, 2020
On This Day: Joe Root confirmed as England Test captain
In his first match as captain Joe Root scored 190 against South Africa at Lord's.
Feb 13, 08:22
Nasser Hussain pictured in 2019
Five of England's best performances on the subcontinent
The tourists clinched a 227-run win in Chennai on Tuesday to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series against India.
Feb 9, 12:00
Jack Leach hits a four for England on July 25, 2019
Jack Leach tipped to bowl England to victory against India
Jack Leach struck on the fourth evening with a stunning ball to remove Rohit Ishant Sharma.
Feb 8, 13:30
Alastair Cook pictured in September 2018
On This Day: Sir Alastair Cook steps down as England captain
The opening batsman led his country in a record 59 Tests.
Feb 6, 09:13
England captain Joe Root celebrates with the Wisden Trophy on July 28, 2020
India v England Day 1 - Joe Root crowns 100th Test with century
The series got under way with a brilliant battling display from England's captain.
Feb 5, 14:17
England bowler Jofra Archer pictured on July 12, 2020
England's Jofra Archer opens up on bubble difficulties
The Sussex paceman was rested for the 2-0 Test series win over Sri Lanka.
Feb 2, 15:23
England captain Joe Root celebrates with the Wisden Trophy on July 28, 2020
A look back at Joe Root's first 99 Tests for England
Joe Root is likely to break Alastair Cook's record of Tests as captain by the end of 2021.
Feb 1, 07:52
Ellyse Perry in action for Australia on July 7, 2019
Virat Kohli and Ellyse Perry named ICC's players of the decade
Australia's Steve Smith also landed a major prize in the ICC's awards.
Dec 28, 10:51
England's Eoin Morgan pictured against Pakistan on August 30, 2020
On This Day: Eoin Morgan named England ODI captain
The move spelled the end of Alastair Cook's international white-ball career.
Dec 20, 08:25
Australia celebrate winning back the Ashes in 2006
On This Day in 2006 - Australia win back the Ashes
In the previous series, England had won back the urn for the first time in 18 years.
Dec 18, 08:37
England captain Joe Root celebrates with the Wisden Trophy on July 28, 2020
Joe Root insists England can have "no excuses" in next year's Ashes
Joe Root oversaw a chastening 4-0 defeat in 2017/18 and failed to reclaim the urn last summer.
Dec 3, 22:09
Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Turkish Grand Prix on November 15, 2020
Lewis Hamilton to be knighted in New Year?
A report claims that seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is to be awarded a knighthood in the New Year's Honours list.
Nov 22, 09:53
Alastair Cook pictured in September 2018
Sir Alastair Cook, Simon Harmer named in PCA team of the season
Cook was joined by Essex team-mate Simon Harmer.
Oct 2, 15:59
Alastair Cook pictured in September 2018
Sir Alastair Cook shows his class to lead Essex charge against Somerset
The rest of Alastair Cook's teammates provided 99 further runs to Essex's total, with six wickets down.
Sep 25, 19:30
Alastair Cook in action for England on August 2, 2018
Sir Alastair Cook puts Essex in strong position with unbeaten century
Sir Alastair Cook century takes Essex into strong position
Sep 25, 16:07
Alastair Cook pictured in September 2018
Sir Alastair Cook leading Essex charge against Somerset
The sides are battling it out for the 2020 season's big prize.
Sep 25, 13:25
James Fuller of Gloucestershire celebrates taking the wicket of Adam Lyth of Yorkshire Vikings in action during the Royal London One-Day Cup Semi Final between Yorkshire Vikings and Gloucestershire at Headingley on September 6, 2015
Result: James Fuller hat-trick paves way for Hampshire victory over Surrey
It was Hampshire's first hat-trick since Kyle Abbott took one against Worcestershire two years ago.
Aug 18, 18:59
Fynn Hudson-Prentice pictured batting for Derbyshire Falcons in September 2019
Result: Fynn Hudson-Prentice guides Derbyshire to last-ball win over Nottinghamshire
Derbyshire chased down 365 for victory.
Aug 4, 19:49
Tom Abell pictured in September 2018
Result: Sussex beat Hampshire to become first side to register win in Bob Willis Trophy
Somerset and Yorkshire are also closing in on opening-round victories.
Aug 3, 19:50
England's Stuart Broad pictured on July 25, 2020
Alastair Cook lavishes praise on Stuart Broad
The seam bowler passed 500 Test wickets during the third Test against the West Indies.
Jul 30, 11:33
Alastair Cook in action for England on August 2, 2018
On this day: England suffer five-run defeat in Champions Trophy final
Alastair Cook's side were firm favourites with 16 balls to go but the wheels came off in arresting fashion.
Jun 23, 07:03
Alastair Cook pictured in September 2018
On this day: Sir Alastair Cook becomes England's leading run scorer of all time
The then-England captain became the country's top Test scorer five years ago.
May 30, 09:10
Alastair Cook pictured in September 2018
England's 10 greatest Test cricketers of all time
England greats from WG Grace to the recently retired Sir Alastair Cook.
Mar 30, 14:57
Alastair Cook pictured in September 2018
Coronavirus: Alastair Cook ready to write off County Championship season
The former England captain would rather see the first-class competition abandoned altogether than played in a 'meaningless' form.
Mar 28, 15:27
England head coach Chris Silverwood before the press conference on October 10, 2019
Sir Alastair Cook hails Chris Silverwood's "organised planning"
Cook agreed with the inclusion of Keaton Jennings in the Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka.
Feb 21, 18:17
England's Jos Buttler walks off after losing his wicket on November 25, 2019
Alastair Cook: 'England right to back Jos Buttler for Tests in Sri Lanka'
The former England captain says the wicketkeeper-batsman has proved he can cope with the demands of international cricket.
Feb 21, 15:48
England's Dom Sibley reacts as he leaves the pitch after losing his wicket on January 16, 2020
South Africa hit back after lunch as England openers fall
The England openers batted through the morning session but could not go on to fifties.
Jan 16, 13:36
Australia's Peter Siddle celebrates dismissing England's Joe Denly in September 2019
Australia bowler Peter Siddle retires from international cricket
The Australian paceman famously took a hat-trick against England on his birthday in 2010.
Dec 29, 09:31
England's James Anderson celebrates taking the wicket of South Africa's Dean Elgar, caught by England's Jos Buttler with Ben Stokes and teammates on December 26, 2019
Anderson marks 150th Test with first-ball breakthrough for England
Curran weighs in with the wicket of Markram.
Dec 26, 09:43
New Zealand's Ross Taylor pictured on July 9, 2019
Ross Taylor warns Joe Root's return to form is "only a matter of time"
The captain has struggled to make runs recently.
Nov 28, 08:13
Essex celebrate winning the County Championship on September 26, 2019
Sir Alastair Cook pledges one more year to County champions Essex
Essex kept Somerset at bay to secure another trophy.
Sep 27, 07:15
Essex celebrate winning the County Championship on September 26, 2019
Result: Essex secure County Championship title in nervous finale with Somerset
Win comes on the back of T20 Blast success.
Sep 26, 18:23
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Essex win the County Championship: The key men behind their success
Essex drew at Somerset to claim a second county title in three years.
Sep 26, 17:58
Dominic Sibley pictured in March 2014
Can Dominic Sibley step up and answer England's opening woes?
The Warwickshire batsman has been in fine form all summer.
Sep 20, 09:58
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Result: Warwickshire secure safety as Essex's title bid stalls
Nottinghamshire were relegated from Division One.
Sep 13, 17:12
Alastair Cook pictured in September 2018
Alastair Cook watched World Cup win in 'disbelief' with Essex teammates
England beat New Zealand in dramatic circumstances on Sunday to lift the Cricket World Cup.
Jul 17, 22:08

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