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Alastair Cook
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Personal information
Full name Alastair Nathan Cook
Born 25 December 1984 (1984-12-25) (age 33)
Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
Nickname Woody, Cooky, Chef, Golden Boy, Ali, The Run-Machine
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting style Left-hand
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Opening batsman, England Test and ODI captain
International information
National side England
Test debut (cap 630) 1 March 2006 v India
Last Test 26 December 2017 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 196) 28 June 2006 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 16 December 2014 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no. 26
Domestic team information
Years Team
2002 Bedfordshire
2003 Essex Cricket Board
2003–present Essex (squad no. 26)
2004–2007 MCC
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 154 92 278 159
Runs scored 12,028 3,204 21,776 5,840
Batting average 45.73 36.40 47.64 40.00
100s/50s 32/55 5/19 61/103 12/34
Top score 294 137 294 137
Balls bowled 18 282 18
Wickets 1 7 0
Bowling average 7.00 30.14
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/6 3/13
Catches/stumpings 159/– 36/– 285/– 66/–
Source: Cricinfo, 14 May 2018

Alastair Nathan Cook (born 25 December 1984) is an international cricketer of English and Welsh descent. He is a left-handed opening batsman who currently plays county cricket for Essex and Test cricket for England. Cook played for Essex Academy and quickly made his debut for the first XI in 2003. He similarly played in a variety of England's youth teams from 2000 until his call up to the Test side in 2006.

While touring in the West Indies with the ECB National Academy, Cook was called up to the England national team in India as a last-minute replacement for Marcus Trescothick and debuted with a century. Debuting at 21 years of age, Cook went on to become the youngest Englishman to reach 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000 Test runs, making centuries in his first Test matches against India, Pakistan and the West Indies, and becoming the first Englishman to score seven Test centuries before his 23rd birthday. Despite this prodigious flurry of runs, Cook came under criticism throughout 2008 for a lack of centuries but replied with two in 2009, and 95 against Australia to help seal England's first victory against them at Lord's since 1934, taking seven catches in the series including the final wicket to win the 2009 Ashes series.

Early life and education

Born in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, Alastair Cook is one of several players with Welsh heritage to play for England; his mother Stephanie, a teacher, is from Swansea, although his father Graham, a high street banker and village cricketer, is English. Cook is a keen musician. By the age of eight, he was a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral while also learning the clarinet. His choral flair led to him being granted a scholarship to Bedford School when he was 14. While being educated in Bedford he also learned to play piano and saxophone. However, music was soon eclipsed when the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) came to play against the Bedford XI. The home side were a man short and drafted the 14 year-old new boy to play; Cook scored a century. Over the next four years he hit 17 centuries and two double-hundreds to total 4,396 runs at an average of 87.90, captaining the cricket team in his final year as well as being president of the music society. He also gained three A-Levels and nine GCSEs in his time there. In his final year at Bedford in 2003 he scored 1,287 runs for the school including two unbeaten double-hundreds, averaging 160.87 to take the school record. After his international success, Cook returned for an Old Boys match at Bedford in 2008, playing for the HM Ultimate XI.

In August 2012 Andrew Strauss suddenly retired and Cookie was captain. His 1st test was in India from November. He lost it but England won Tests 2 & 3 and drew the 4th, giving them their 1st series win in India since 1986.

In August 2013 he retained the Ashes after winning the 1st 2 Tests easily and England being saved from defeat in the 3d Test by the rain at Old Trafford; so the match was drawn.

Test cricket centuries

List of Test centuries scored by Alastair Cook
No. Score Against Pos. Inn. Test Venue H/A/N Date Result
1 104* Flag of India India 2 3 1/3 Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur Away 02006-03-011 March 2006 Drawn
2 105 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 3 1 1/4 Lord's, London Home 02006-07-1313 July 2006 Drawn
3 127 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 3 2 2/4 Old Trafford, Manchester Home 02006-07-2727 July 2006 Won
4 116 Flag of Australia Australia 2 4 3/5 WACA Ground, Perth Away 02006-12-1414 December 2006 Lost
5 105 dagger Flag of West Indies West Indies 2 1 1/4 Lord's, London Home 02007-05-1717 May 2007 Drawn
6 106 Flag of West Indies West Indies 2 3 3/4 Old Trafford, Manchester Home 02007-06-077 June 2007 Won
7 118 Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 1 3 3/3 Galle International Stadium, Galle Away 02007-12-1818 December 2007 Drawn
8 139* Flag of West Indies West Indies 2 3 4/5 Kensington Oval, Bridgetown Away 02009-02-2626 February 2009 Drawn
9 160 Flag of West Indies West Indies 2 1 1/1 Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street Home 02009-05-1414 May 2009 Won
10 118 Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 2 2 1/4 Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban Away 02009-12-2626 December 2009 Won
11 173 double-dagger Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh 1 1 1/2 Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong Away 02010-03-1212 March 2010 Won
12 109* double-dagger Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh 1 4 2/2 Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka Away 02010-03-2020 March 2010 Won
13 110 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 2 3 3/4 The Oval, London Home 02010-08-1818 August 2010 Lost
14 235* dagger Flag of Australia Australia 2 3 1/5 The Gabba, Brisbane Away 02010-11-2525 November 2010 Drawn
15 148 Flag of Australia Australia 2 2 2/5 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Away 02010-12-033 December 2010 Won
16 189 dagger Flag of Australia Australia 2 2 5/5 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Away 02011-01-033 January 2011 Won
17 133 Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 2 2 1/3 Sophia Gardens, Cardiff Home 02011-05-2626 May 2011 Won
18 106 Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 2 3 2/3 Lord's, London Home 02011-06-033 June 2011 Won
19 294 dagger Flag of India India 2 2 3/4 Edgbaston, Birmingham Home 02011-08-1010 August 2011 Won
20 115 Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 2 1 1/3 The Oval, London Home 02012-07-1919 July 2012 Lost
21 176 double-dagger Flag of India India 1 3 1/4 Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad Away 02012-11-1515 November 2012 Lost
22 122 double-dagger Flag of India India 1 2 2/4 Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Away 02012-11-2323 November 2012 Won
23 190 double-dagger dagger Flag of India India 1 2 3/4 Eden Gardens, Kolkata Away 02012-12-055 December 2012 Won
24 116 double-dagger Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 1 2 1/3 University Oval, Dunedin Away 02013-03-066 March 2013 Drawn
25 130 double-dagger Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 1 3 2/2 Headingley, Leeds Home 02013-05-2424 May 2013 Won
26 105 double-dagger Flag of West Indies West Indies 1 1 3/3 Kensington Oval, Bridgetown Away 02015-05-011 May 2015 Lost
27 162 double-dagger Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 2 3 1/2 Lord's, London Home 02015-05-2121 May 2015 Won
28 263 double-dagger dagger Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 1 2 1/3 Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi Neutral 02015-10-1515 October 2015 Drawn
29 105 double-dagger Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 1 1 2/4 Old Trafford, Manchester Home 02016-07-2222 July 2016 Won
30 130 double-dagger Flag of India India 1 3 1/5 Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot Away 02016-11-1313 November 2016 Drawn
31 243 dagger Flag of West Indies West Indies 1 1 1/3 Edgbaston, Birmingham Home 02017-08-1717 August 2017 Won
32 244* dagger Flag of Australia Australia 1 2 4/5 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Away 02017-12-2626 December 2017 Drawn

External links

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