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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 32)
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 13 December 2012 v India
ODI debut (cap 196) 28 June 2006 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 11 January 2013 v India
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 110 92 210 150
Runs scored 8,434 3,204 16,270 5,204
Batting average 45.83 36.40 47.02 37.71
100s/50s 25/38 5/19 47/79 9/31
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 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/6 3/13 0/0
Catches/stumpings 108/– 36/– 207/– 63/–
Source: Cricinfo, 25 March 2015

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.

Centuries

Test Centuries of Alastair Cook
No. Runs Match Opponent City/Country Venue Year
[1] 104 1 India Nagpur, India Vidarbha 2006
[2] 105 6 Pakistan London, England Lord's 2006
[3] 127 7 Pakistan Manchester, England Old Trafford 2006
[4] 116 12 Australia Perth, Australia WACA Ground 2006
[5] 105 15 West Indies London, England Lord's 2007
[6] 106 17 West Indies Manchester, England Old Trafford 2007
[7] 118 24 Sri Lanka Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 2007
[8] 139* 40 West Indies Bridgetown, West Indies Kensington Oval 2009
[9] 160 43 West Indies Chester-le-Street, England Riverside 2009
[10] 118 50 South Africa Durban, South Africa Sahara Stadium Kingsmead 2009
[11] 173 53 Bangladesh Chittagong Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium 2010
[12] 109* 54 Bangladesh Dhaka Shere Bangla National Stadium 2010
[13] 110 59 Pakistan London The Oval 2010
[14] 235* 61 Australia Brisbane The Gabba 2010
[15] 148 62 Australia Adelaide Adelaide Oval 2010
[16] 189 65 Australia Sydney Sydney Cricket Ground 2011
[17] 133 66 Sri Lanka Cardiff SWALEC Stadium 2011
[18] 106 67 Sri Lanka England Lord's 2011
[19] 294 71 India Birmingham Edgbaston 2011
[20] 115 81 South Africa England The Oval 2012
[21] 176 84 India Ahmedabad Sardar Patel Stadium 2012
[22] 122 85 India Mumbai Wankhede Stadium 2012
[23] 190 86 India Kolkata Eden Gardens 2012

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