Sir Alastair Cook presses that he’s not making an international comeback for England
Last week against the Cambridge MCC University side, he smashed 150 runs with the bat– his first century after receiving a knighthood.
Updated - Apr 3, 2019 10:37 am
There’s no doubt as to how much the fans want to see the former England Captain Alastair Cook to make an international comeback. But the English and now solely Essex star shares his old-fashioned attributes of integrity and devotion. The left-handed opening batsman, who has never played serious cricket anywhere except for Essex and England, has made it clear that he does not imagine an international comeback.
“I’ve played my last game for England,” he said on Tuesday, as quoted by the Guardian. Alastair Cook stepped away from England duty after featuring in 161 consecutive Test matches and finished his glorious career with a century. Life certainly came a full circle for Cook as his arrival was as remarkable 14 years back when he started off with a double-hundred against a crippled Australian touring side.
The 34-year-old Cook with 12472 runs in his Test career will now continue to play in the next three seasons as he wants to give something back to Essex. Last week against the Cambridge MCC University side, he smashed 150 runs with the bat– his first century after receiving a knighthood. Yeah. let’s call him Sir Alastair Cook as it’s his official name now. His form started speculations that he might be in the mix for England this Ashes summer.
I had an amazing journey playing for England, Alastair Cook relishes
However, Cook has rubbished all such rumours. To quote him, “I was asked a very interesting question on a panel show, with, like, 18 different circumstances, and I said: ‘You can never say never,’ but, look, I’ve played my last game for England. Of course, there’s always that one thing – an absolute emergency – but I’m nowhere near that mindset.
“I’ve had 12 amazing years playing for England. It’s time for the next generation of top-order players to try to make their mark. I look forward to watching it, hopefully being involved in whatever capacity at certain stages down the line, whether it’s commentating, being involved in coaching, wherever my life might lead me.
“In one way, it’s sad that it’s never going to happen again, but I’ve had my time. I’ve had an amazing journey. But, towards the end, I wasn’t the player I was. Things had to move on,” the Test stalwart concluded.