Alastair Cook to retire from international cricket, “There is nothing left in the tank”

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Former England Captain and Opner batsman Alastair Cook has called time on his record-breaking England career and will bow out at the end of the fifth Test with India after admitting “there is nothing left in the tank”.

Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook  will play 161st and final Test match of his career at the Oval from Friday – a match that sees Joe Root’s side having already taken the series through an unassailable 3-1 lead – but will continue playing county cricket for Essex.

 

Cook is sixth on the all-time list of Test run-scorers and has made a record 11,627 runs as an opener.

He added: “I have achieved more than I could have ever imagined and feel very privileged to have played for such a long time alongside some of the greats of the English game.”

The left-hander made his Test debut at the age of 21, replacing Michael Vaughan against India at Nagpur in 2006, and hit an unbeaten century in the second innings.

Cricketers and fans from around the world have paid tribute to his England career, with many calling him an “outstanding” player and a “champion bloke”.

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