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Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook
Full name Alastair Nathan Cook
Born December 25, 1984, Gloucester
Current age 33
Major team England
Batting style Left Handed
Bowling style Right-arm Slow
ODI Debut June 28, 2006 v Sri Lanka at Old Trafford, Manchester

Few cricketing talents would be as gifted as the stylish left-handed opener Alastair Cook. Ushered into club and country cricket at 14 and 15 years old respectively, he took to batting as though the willow belonged to him all along. Wristy elegance and authoritative stand-and-deliver stroke-play allowed consistent displays for his club and county Essex, quickly establishing him as a hot prospect knocking hard on England doors.


When Marcus Trescothick suffered an unexpected mental breakdown while preparing in India, 21-year old Cook was summoned from his Academy tour to the West Indies and instilled straight into Trescothick's opening spot for the Nagpur Test. A 60 on debut followed with a century in the second innings, and fan-favourite Trescothick's departure was already forgotten. He retained his position for the home visit to Sri Lanka and Pakistan combining promising starts with half-centuries and centuries. Recurrence of Trescothick's illness later in 2006 saw Cook being selected for the Ashes in Australia. A hundred in Perth was Cook's highlight in a largely disappointing tour. Following Trescothick's shock retirement, young Cook stepped up to fill the void. Confident displays at home against West Indies and on trips to Sri Lanka and England fended early doubts. Runs kept piling and Cook successfully earned his place (and a nickname - Chef) in the England side.


Cook was largely considered to be a Test-specialist and hence wicket-keeper Matt Prior was often preferred over him to open in ODIs. Still, along with the then captain and opening partner Andrew Strauss, the duo became Test cricket's best and longest-running opening pair since 2006. First tentatively named Strauss' deputy in 2008, 'Cooky' eventually went on to lead the Three Lions, where he emerged as a successful skipper. He then took over Strauss as the ODI captain, post-England's quarter-final exit from the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, as Strauss stepped down.


Test captaincy followed a year later, after Strauss resigned as skipper, along with announcing his retirement from all forms of the game. Cook made the most of it when England toured India where he led from the front and took his team to a 2-1 series win after 27 years in India. He was also the leading run-scorer of that series. Ashes glory as captain arrived when England hammered the Aussies 3-0 at home to retain the urn. However, the return Ashes probably led to the lowest point of Cook's career as his team couldn't salvage even a draw, losing all the five Tests, thus gifting the urn back to Australia.


England, however, regained the urn in 2015 with Cook at the helm and they also registered a series win in South Africa. The good times though didn't last as they failed to win series against Pakistan back home, followed by another drawn series in Bangladesh. Life came full circle for Alastair Cook as a humiliating 4-0 series loss in India put an end to his captaincy stint. He ended as the joint second-most successful captain for England (24 wins each along with Strauss), behind Michael Vaughan (26) but also has the most losses to his name.


With the extra burden of captaincy gone off his shoulders, Cook continues to flourish as a batsman. He already is England's highest run-scorer in Test cricket and has most of the batting records to his name.

Batting and Fielding Averages

MatInnsNoRunsHSAveBFSR100504s6sCtSt
Tests161291161247229445.352656246.9533571442111750
ODIS92924320413736.40415477.1351936310360
T20IS440612615.2554112.960010010
First-class289513362260429447.384442950.87631072849213060
List A16015811585113739.80733279.80123467619660
Twenty203230289210031.85699127.61159515130

Bowling Averages

MatInnsBallsRunsWktsAveEconSR4w5w10
Tests161 218717.00 2.3318.00000
ODIS92 ----- -----
T20IS4 ----- -----
First-class289 18282211730.14 4.4840.28000
List A160 218100- 3.33-000
Twenty2032 ----- -----

Split by Team in Tests

MatInnsBARUBAAVSRHSHUFICTSTOVMADWIER
Australia3564 2249340.2047.14244*511400000
Bangladesh611 149049.0059.101732170000
India3054 3243147.6645.2329479380201
New Zealand1527 0104738.7744.4216234210000
Pakistan2036 1171949.1149.0426358200000
South Africa1936 0126335.0843.9611829200100
Sri Lanka1628 4129053.7545.941333790000
West Indies2035 5173957.9649.2924368200000

Split by Team in ODIs

MatInnsBARUBAAVSRHSHUFICTSTOVMADWIER
Australia1010 031931.9076.31580150000
Bangladesh33 015652.0090.69640230000
India2727 182231.6177.1110216120000
New Zealand1313 046435.6974.95780470000
Pakistan44 032380.7588.981372110000
South Africa66 18917.8054.60510100000
Sri Lanka2323 280938.5274.561191480000
West Indies55 017835.6080.541121000000
Scotland11 04444.0093.61440000000

Split by Team in T20Is

MatInnsBARUBAAVSRHSHUFICTSTOVMADWIER
South Africa22 03718.50127.58260000000
West Indies22 02412.0096.00150010000

Last 5 Matches in Tests

  • Batting
  • 71(190) v India on September 7, 2018
  • 147(286) v India on September 7, 2018
  • 17(55) v India on August 30, 2018
  • 12(39) v India on August 30, 2018
  • 29(42) v India on August 18, 2018
  • 17(39) v India on August 18, 2018
  • 21(25) v India on August 9, 2018
  • 13(28) v India on August 1, 2018
  • 0(14) v India on August 1, 2018
  • Bowling
  • DNB vs India on September 7, 2018
  • DNB vs India on August 30, 2018
  • DNB vs India on August 18, 2018
  • DNB vs India on August 9, 2018
  • DNB vs India on August 1, 2018

Last 5 Matches in ODIs

  • Batting
  • 32(49) v Sri Lanka on December 16, 2014
  • 1(2) v Sri Lanka on December 13, 2014
  • 20(30) v Sri Lanka on December 10, 2014
  • 34(42) v Sri Lanka on December 3, 2014
  • 22(37) v Sri Lanka on November 29, 2014
  • Bowling
  • DNB vs Sri Lanka on December 16, 2014
  • DNB vs Sri Lanka on December 13, 2014
  • DNB vs Sri Lanka on December 10, 2014
  • DNB vs Sri Lanka on December 3, 2014
  • DNB vs Sri Lanka on November 29, 2014

Last 5 Matches in T20Is

  • Batting
  • 26(21) v South Africa on November 15, 2009
  • 11(8) v South Africa on November 13, 2009
  • 9(9) v West Indies on June 29, 2007
  • 15(16) v West Indies on June 28, 2007
  • Bowling
  • DNB vs South Africa on November 15, 2009
  • DNB vs South Africa on November 13, 2009
  • DNB vs West Indies on June 29, 2007
  • DNB vs West Indies on June 28, 2007

Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 India 4397 116
2 South Africa 3712 106
3 England 4722 105
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 Australia 3663 102
FULL Ranking