HomeCricketAlastair Cook Set To Retire: A Look At His...

Alastair Cook Set To Retire: A Look At His Best 5 Test Knocks

- Advertisement -

Former England cricket team skipper Alastair Cook announced his retirement from Test cricket after the 4th Test against India at Southampton.
The senior England cricketer stated that the fifth and last Test at the Oval will be his final international cricket match. England won the Test series against India 3-1 with the latest win at Southampton.
Cook – England’s record Test run-scorer – has been battling poor form for quite some time now. That made him ponder on the decision to quit international cricket. The English batsman will pave way for a youngster for England’s next Test assignment. An era of brilliance ends for England with Cook’s decision to call it a day.
Cook is just 33 and many feel it was a quick decision to retire. But for Cook, it is the perfect way to end a superb career. His decision came from the fact that he feels he doesn’t have anything left in the tank. The runs dried up for the southpaw over quite some time.
A veteran of the game – Cook amassed 12,254 runs that included 32 Test tons. The opening batsman may have been out of form, but the things he achieved as a player is remarkable. It’s a well-taken decision after putting all aspects into consideration for the left-handed opening batsman.
Here we look at five of Cook’s best Test innings in a glittering career.

190 vs India, Kolkata (2012)

Alastair Cook scored 190 before being dismissed (Image: India Today)

This was a special inning from Cook against MS Dhoni-led India at their own backyard. It was Cook’s third hundred during the first away series victory over India for a period of 27 years.
It illustrated his mastery during his golden period where he took upon Indian spinners and looked comfortable sweeping them and plundering the runs. After a 176 and 122 earlier in the series, Cook mastered his way through at the Eden Gardens. He hit 23 fours and two sixes as England won the Test by 7 wickets.
This was a special victory and a splendid innings with Root being at the centre of it all. The series victory will always be remembered as one of England’s best away performances ever.

235* vs Australia, Brisbane (2010)

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

The stylish Batsman scored a brilliant 235 against Australia in Australia (Image: ECB)

Cook got off to the perfect start Down Under at the Gabba in Brisbane in the 5-match Ashes series. After a gritty 67 in the first innings, the stylish batsman spent more than 10 hours at the crease.
It was a superb hit double ton especially after Australia managed 481 in their 1st innings to take a 221-run lead over the visiting side. Cook managed to put on 188 with Andrew Straus and an unbroken 329 with Jonathan Trott.
England began their second innings 221 behind the Aussies, but Cook’s relentlessly positive innings paved the way for England to come out strong and defy the hosts. The Test was drawn but England then went on to go and notch two special victories post that.

294 vs India, Edgbaston (2011)

Cook scored 294 at Edgbaston in 2011 against India

England first pummelled India at home in the Test series before defeating them a year later at their own backyard. This phase was Cook’s best in his 12-year Test career. He wasn’t just a player that scored runs and got to hundreds. He was the epitome of daddy hundreds.
Out of all his biggies, this daddy hundred was the epic of all of them. His 294 in England’s 710 for seven, against India was an epitome of greatness. His innings lasted seven minutes short of 13 hours. He charged at the Indian seamers through midwicket and guided them behind square on the offside.
He helped his side win the Test by an innings and 242 runs. His 186-run opening stand with Andrew Strauss laid the foundation for the big total.

118 vs Sri Lanka, Galle (2007)

Cook scored a magnificent 118 at Galle against Sri Lanka in 2007

This was vintage Cook and he was yet to reach the age of 23 when he smashed his 7th ton at Galle against Sri Lanka. This was a rare classy hundred to have come in the innings. Cook’s unmatched skill and stubbornness saw him save his match.
England, having been bowled out for 81, were asked to follow on 418 behind Sri Lanka with an over of day three and six more sessions to survive. The rain came in and wiped out a majority of the play, but Day 5 was still there.
England would have been thrashed but for Cook, they managed to save the game. Muttiah Muralitharan had reduced England from 200 for two to 200 for five in the space of four deliveries on the fifth morning. But Cook was there to see his side through.

104* vs India, Nagpur (2006)

Alastair Cook scored an amazing 104 against a quality Indian spin attack (Image: sport360)

On his debut, Cook travelled all the way from West Indies and made a composed and mature 60 in the first innings against India in Nagpur. He batted for close to three hours. But the moment came when he spent more than six hours to reach an unbeaten 104 in the second in which he put on 125 with Kevin Pietersen.
Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh dropped him when he was on 70, but Cook held on and defined his way with a classy Test hundred. This innings paved the way for Cook to come in and fall in love with the crease.
The capability of spending so much time was a gift very few players possessed. Cook was special since the time he put on that England shirt for the very first time.

- Advertisement -

Do we often under-appreciate Andy Flower? What’s his legacy?

There's a hint of sadness in noting that Zimbabwe has never been a dominant power in world cricket. But nothing could be sadder than...

15 Highly Educated Cricketers Of All Time

Cricket is a game of passion and dedication. A sport in which one involves themselves in camps and practice since early childhood. Due to...

IPL 2018: The beautiful Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Being seated in the Sawai Mansingh stadium brings a different world, a world of difference away from the palpable excitement of watching truly India’s...

IPL 2018: Purple Cap Holders Over The Years

The Indian Premier League (IPL), like any other global T20s league,  has been a batsman's paradise. In the batsmen friendly format, bowlers have found...

What can be expected from the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix?

Heat in the air and heat inside the car- that's been the story of the Azerbaijan Grand prix. As F1 parks itself at Baku...

How Come UFC Fighters Have Cauliflower Ears But Boxers Don’t?

The UFC has come a long way since its early days, wherein the fights seemed like modern-day gladiators due to its brutality and inconsistent...

Top 5 Left Wingers In The World, Based On 2019-20 Season

Owing to the fact that football has evolved a lot since its inception and the tactics have changed a lot, the role of wingers...

5 spinners who can be India’s potential finger-spinners

The Indian cricket team has always been proud of its ability to produce world-class batsmen and similarly potent spinners. Though in recent times, the...

Big change for India Women’s cricket as BCCI looks to finalise bowling coach soon

We are not even at the halfway stage of the 2018 cricketing season. It clearly seems there's no stopping India's women's cricket team. The...

The astonishing decline of Mario Balotelli

There was a time when Mario Balotelli was on top of the world.  The Italian talisman had scored two goals in the Euro 2012 semi-finals,...

Amid an unstoppable flow of runs, Smriti Mandhana tipped to get prestigious Arjuna Award

When the BCCI announced that free-hitting batswoman Smriti Mandhana would be awarded the Arjuna Award, there were more smiles than doubts. For Smriti Mandhana,...

Fresh fitness blow adds to woes for Mohammed Shami

Earlier this year, India fast bowler Mohammed Shami was the leading wicket-taker in South Africa and helped the national team to win a Test...

IPL 2018: The best from the West Indies

When one of nature's treacherous attacks on mankind- earthquakes- strike, their impact is measured on Richter's scale. When West Indians strike in a tournament...

Who Is the Better Formula 1 Racer, Max Verstappen or Lewis Hamilton?

Despite Verstappen’s first win in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021, a new debate has sparked on which Formula 1 racer is better? Max Verstappen...

Benfica XI if they didn’t sell their star players

SL Benfica, based in the city of Lisbon, Portugal have made a name for themselves by scouting, recruiting and then selling some of the...

- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -