Following on from England clinching a tight series win against India former captain and all-time leading run scorer Alistair Cook has announced he will retire from international cricket following the 5th Test at The Kia Oval.
True, his form lately has been lacking but please don’t for a second think that anyone who saw him play did not get to see the greatest batsman of his generation. His place in history is sealed and he has come along way from the 21-year-old last-minute replacement for Michael Vaughn. He has won Ashes series, hit double centuries and set English and world Cricket alight while doing so.
Alec Stewart said of Cook that we won’t truly know what we’ve got until it’s gone. That quote sums up how many feel, us included. Watching Cook struggle at the top of the order only highlighted England’s problems, not aided by the revolving door of openers that he has shared the crease with. When the other openers were struggling the pressure on Cook only grew, the former captain had to take the weight of starting the innings on his shoulders and it began to tell.
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