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Alastair Cook Set to Receive Knighthood, Say Reports

Cricketnext Staff |December 18, 2018, 7:41 PM IST
Alastair Cook Set to Receive Knighthood, Say Reports

Alastair Cook, the former captain and England's all-time leading run-scorer in Tests, is set to become the first cricketer in a decade to receive knighthood according to a report in The Times.

Cook, who called time on his career after the five-match Test series against India in July this year, will become the first cricketer since Sir Ian Botham in 2007 to receive a knighthood. He will become the 10th English cricketer to be bestowed with the prestigious title and the first active professional cricketer - Cook signed a three-year contract with Essex - with a knighthood since Sir Richard Hadlee in 1990. He is reportedly set to receive the title in the New Year's Honours list.

The 33-year-old retired as England's leading run-scorer in Tests having amassed 12,472 runs in 161 matches which includes 159 successive appearances. He also captained England for five years from 2012 to 2017, leading the side to a record 59 wins. During his tenure, England won the Ashes twice on home soil and achieved a series win in in India in 2012 for the first time in 28 years.

While his performances fell away slightly in the last few months, he ended his career on an absolute high. In the final Test against India at the Oval, Cook produced an enthralling 71 in the first innings and then followed it up with 147 to help England win the match by 118 runs and win the series 4-1.

His century - 33rd of his career - was met with a standing ovation which went on for a good two minutes and was nominated as one of five 'Moments of the Year' at the BBC Sports Personality Awards recently.

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