Alastair Cook feels he has moved on and England cricket also should move on

Alastair Cook feels he has moved on and England cricket also should move on

Former English skipper puts an end to the speculations of making U-turn to the international career.

Alastair Cook of England
Alastair Cook of England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

It’s been nearly a year since Alastair Cook hung his boots leaving the international career. The former England skipper, who made his debut in 2006, retired after the Test series against India at home last summer. Despite Cook walked away from cricket, there are constant calls of a possibility of him making a U-turn to show that there is a still cricket left in him.

At 34, Cook definitely has some years to give it to the game. What further fuelled the speculations was Cook’s decision to continue playing in the county cricket. A couple of months ago, he had scored a brilliant 150 not out against The Cambs MCCU. No surprises then that time and again there have been discussions on whether the legendary batsman could make a sensational return to Test cricket. However, England’s most decorated batsman had insisted that he would not don the England jersey again.

Cook, who had previously said that he would “never say never” for England again, seems to have made up his mind. He ruled out the possibility of playing international cricket again. Earlier this year, Cook completely dismissed the chances of making a return and now he feels the same and he feels that he has moved on and English cricket should also move on.

“The call’s not coming. It’s not coming,” Alastair Cook told Sky Sports.

“In the last couple of interviews I’ve done, there’s always been a headline. Look, I’m not coming back. I’ve had my go. I said, ‘never say never’, and that’s the worst thing I’ve said. Someone said, ‘If there was 15 broken legs, would you come back?’ No, that’s it. Unfortunately, my time has gone.

“I look back on it with great, fond memories, but it’s time for me to move on, it’s time for England cricket to move on. I’m here just to hopefully enjoy a couple of years of county cricket,” he added.

Track record

Alastair Cook retired from the game as England’s most successful Test batsman. Cook, who scored a century on his Test debut, played 161 matches, in which he scored 12,472 runs at an average of 45.35, comprising 33 centuries and the best score of 294. He is the leading run-scorer in Tests for England and also the leading centurion for his nation.

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