England veteran batsman Alastair Cook is set to hang up his boots from the international cricket after the fifth Test against India at The Oval. The 33-year old batsman has been in poor form this summer and his position in the team was under the scanner following a run of low scores against India.
He has scored the most number of runs for England (12,254 so far) and will finish with 161 Test appearances. “After much thought and deliberation over the last few months I have decided to announce my retirement from international cricket at the end of this Test series against India,” Cook said in a statement on Monday.
He further added, “I have loved cricket my whole life from playing in the garden as a child and will never underestimate how special it is to pull on an England shirt. So I know it is the right time to give the next generation of young cricketers their turn to entertain us and feel the immense pride that comes with representing your country.”
He is currently at sixth spot in all-time leading run-scorers in Test cricket behind Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid and Kumar Sangakkara.
It’s a sad day for all the English fans who has been a Cook lover for the last 12 years. Alastair Cook began his Test career in 2006 with a hundred in Nagpur and he will end his career with the same team as well.