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Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook

Born December 25, 1984
Gloucester
Age 31 Years, 1 Months, 13 Days
National Side England
Batting Style Left Handed
Bowling Right-arm Slow
Batting Rank Test - 15
Bowling Rank Test - NA
Teams Played England, Essex Cricket Board, England A, Essex, England XI, MCC, England, Marylebone Cricket Club
Man of the Match Test - 6, ODI - 7, T20I - 0,
Career Span 2006 - 2016, 2006 - 2014, 2007 - 2009,

Few cricketing talents would be as gifted as the stylish left-handed opener Alastair Cook. Ushered into club and country cricket at 14 and 15 years old respectively, he took to batting as though the willow belonged to him all along. Wristy elegance and authoritative stand-and-deliver stroke-play allowed consistent displays for his club and county Essex, quickly establishing him as a hot prospect knocking hard on England doors.

Alastair Cook OVERLALL STATS

Batting & Fielding Performance

  MIN/ORHS100s50s4s6sAvgS/RCtSt
Test 126226129964294 v IND284711401046.5646.341250
ODI 929243204137 v PAK5193631036.4077.13360
T20I 4406126 v SA0010015.25112.9610

Bowling Performance

  IOMRW Best3w5wAvgE/RS/R
Test 23.00711/6 v IND007.002.3318.00
ODI 00000000000
T20I 00000000000

Alastair Cook AGAINST OPPOSITION

Test

Batting & Fielding Performance

  MIN/ORHS100s50s4s/6sAvgS/RCtSt
Australia 30 55 1 2117 235* 4 11 244 / 1 39.20 46.63 37 0
Bangladesh 4 7 1 401 173 2 0 42 / 2 66.83 61.59 1 0
India 20 35 3 1735 294 5 7 205 / 3 54.21 45.46 22 0
New Zealand 13 23 0 1024 162 3 4 125 / 1 44.52 44.67 18 0
Pakistan 14 25 0 1179 263 4 4 127 / 0 47.16 45.06 11 0
South Africa 15 28 0 995 118 2 7 123 / 2 35.53 44.71 14 0
Sri Lanka 13 23 2 1078 133 3 6 118 / 0 51.33 45.10 8 0
West Indies 17 30 5 1435 160 5 8 156 / 1 57.40 48.33 14 0
Total 126 226 12 9964 294 v IND 28 47 1140/10 49.52 47.69 125 0

Bowling Performance

  IOMRWBest3w/5wAvgE/RS/R
India 1 2.0 0 6 1 1/6 0 / 0 6.00 3.00 12.00
South Africa 1 1.0 0 1 0 0/1 0 / 0 - 1.00 -
Total 2 3.0 0 7 1 1/6 v IND 0/0 3.00 2.00 6.00

ODI

T20I

Alastair Cook LOCATION WISE STATS

Test

Batting & Fielding Performance

  MIN/ORHS100s50s4s/6sAvgS/RCtSt
Away 52 98 8 4438 235* v AUS 15 20 487 / 8 49.31 46.26 43 0
Home 68 117 4 4917 294 v IND 12 24 603 / 2 43.51 47.08 78 0
Neutral 6 11 0 609 263 v PAK 1 3 50 / 0 55.36 41.62 4 0
Total 126 226 12 9964 294 v IND 28 47 1140/10 49.39 44.99 125 0

Bowling Performance

  IOMRWBest3w/5wAvgE/RS/R
Home 2 3.0 0 7 1 1/6 v IND 0 / 0 7.00 2.33 18.00
Total 2 3.0 0 7 1 1/6 v IND 0/0 7.00 2.33 18.00

ODI

T20I

Alastair Cook YEAR WISE STATS

Test

Batting & Fielding Performance

  MIN/ORHS100s50s4s/6sAvgS/RCtSt
2006 13 24 2 1013 127 v PAK 4 3 112 / 0 46.04 44.23 9 0
2007 11 21 0 923 118 v SL 3 5 107 / 0 43.95 48.40 11 0
2008 12 21 0 758 76 v SA 0 8 103 / 1 36.09 47.58 14 0
2009 14 24 3 960 160 v WI 3 4 110 / 1 45.71 48.38 13 0
2010 14 24 2 1287 235* v AUS 5 4 148 / 3 58.50 54.76 10 0
2011 8 11 0 927 294 v IND 4 2 97 / 0 84.27 50.51 7 0
2012 15 29 3 1249 190 v IND 4 3 138 / 5 48.03 41.89 11 0
2013 14 27 0 916 130 v NZ 2 6 106 / 0 33.92 42.54 18 0
2014 8 13 1 390 95 v IND 0 3 45 / 0 32.50 43.47 15 0
2015 14 26 1 1364 263 v PAK 3 8 150 / 0 54.56 43.67 16 0
2016 3 6 0 177 76 v SA 0 1 24 / 0 29.50 45.85 1 0
Total 126 226 12 9964 294 v IND 28 47 1140/10 46.64 46.48 125 0

Bowling Performance

  IOMRWBest3w/5wAvgE/RS/R
2008 1 1.0 0 1 0 0/1 v SA 0 / 0 - 1.00 -
2014 1 2.0 0 6 1 1/6 v IND 0 / 0 6.00 3.00 12.00
Total 2 3.0 0 7 1 1/6 v IND 0/0 3.00 2.00 6.00

ODI

T20I

Last 5 Performances

Batting Bowling Opposition Match Date
76(186) & 5(27) - v South Africa Jan 22, 2016
18(27) & 43(70) - v South Africa Jan 14, 2016
27(49) & 8(27) - v South Africa Jan 02, 2016
0(11) & 7(27) - v South Africa Dec 26, 2015
49(119) & 63(164) - v Pakistan Nov 01, 2015

ALASTAIR COOK's profile

Few cricketing talents would be as gifted as the stylish left-handed opener Alastair Cook. Ushered into club and country cricket at 14 and 15 years old respectively, he took to batting as though the willow belonged to him all along. Wristy elegance and authoritative stand-and-deliver stroke-play allowed consistent displays for his club and county Essex, quickly establishing him as a hot prospect knocking hard on England doors.

When Marcus Trescothick suffered an unexpected mental breakdown while preparing in India, 21-year old Cook was summoned from his Academy tour to the West Indies, and instilled straight into Trescothick's opening spot for the Nagpur Test. A 60 on debut followed with a century in the second innings, and fan-favourite Trescothick's departure was already forgotten. He retained his position for home visits of Sri Lanka and Pakistan combining promising starts with half-centuries and centuries. Recurrence of Trescothick's illness later in 2006 saw Cook being selected for the Ashes in Australia. A hundred in Perth was Cook's highlight in a largely disappointing tour. Following Trescothick's shock retirement, young Cook stepped up to fill the void. Confident displays at home against West Indies and on trips to Sri Lanka and England fended early doubts. Runs kept piling and Cook successfully earned his place (and a nickname - Chef) in the England side.

Cook was largely considered to be a Test-specialist and hence wicket-keeper Matt Prior was often preferred over him to open in ODIs. Still, along with the then captain and opening partner Andrew Strauss, the duo became Test cricket's best and longest-running opening pair since 2006. First tentatively named Strauss' deputy in 2008, 'Cooky' eventually went on to lead the Three Lions in T20Is and Tests against South Africa and Bangladesh, where he emerged as a successful skipper. He then took over Strauss as the ODI captain, post England's quarter final exit from the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, as Strauss stepped down. Test captaincy followed a year later, after Strauss resigned as skipper, along with announcing his retirement from all forms of the game. Cook made the most of it when England toured India where he led from the front and took his team to a 2-1 series win after 27 years in India. He was also the leading run-scorer of that series. He currently has scored the most number of hundreds in Tests by an English batsman after having gone past Colin Cowdrey, Wally Hammond, Geoffrey Boycott and Kevin Pietersen.

Ashes glory as captain arrived when England hammered the Aussies 3-0 at home to retain the urn. However, the return Ashes probably led to the lowest point of Cook's career with the bat as he struggled for runs and his team couldn't salvage even a draw, losing all the five Tests, thus gifting the urn back to Australia.