London: Alastair Cook, England’s leading test run-scorer, is to retire from international cricket after this week’s fifth test against India, the 33-year-old said on Monday. Cook, who will play his 161st test starting on Friday, is the sixth highest scorer in five-day cricket with 12,254 runs, including 32 centuries. Left-handed opener is also England’s highest Test run scorer of all time. He will, however, continue playing for his county Essex next season.
Cook, who captained England in 59 tests, admitted there was “nothing left in the tank” after enduring a poor run of form in nine tests this year in which he has averaged 18.62 runs compared with a career average of 44.88. He thanked his mentor Graham Gooch, whose England test runs record of 8,900 Cook passed in 2015. Cook led England to two Ashes victories over Australia but suffered a 5-0 series whitewash Down Under in 2013-14. He resigned from the captaincy in 2016 after a 4-0 defeat in India. The fifth and final test starts at The Oval on Friday with England 3-1 up.
￼ After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to announce my retirement from international cricket at the end of this Test series against India. Although it is a sad day, I can do so with a big smile on my face knowing I have given everything and there is nothing left in the tank.
160* Matches -12,254 Runs -44.88 Avg
Played 59- Won 24- Lost 22 – Drew 13
CAREER IN NUMBERS
294 Highest score
- Most Test centuries for England – 32
- Most 150+ scores by Eng player – 11
- Most Test appearances for England – 160
32 Test tons
- Most consecutive Test apps by any player – 158
- Most Tests as Eng captain – 59
- 92 ODIs
- 05 Centuries
- 19 Fifties
- 04 T20Is