One of the very finest English batsmen, Alastair Cook will retire from international cricket after he plays the final Test match of the ongoing series against India at The Oval. Amassing over 12000 runs and 32 centuries, Cook will leave a legacy of his own a sentiment which has been echoed by many former cricket experts including former England captains.
Former England batsman and renowned commentator Boycott was wary to describe Cook as England’s best-ever batsman but said he has been ‘exceptionally good’ and will be missed.
"It’s always easy with someone you’ve seen for long time, you think they’re the greatest thing since sliced bread,’ Boycott told ITV’s Good Morning Britain. ‘We’ve had a lot of great players in the past – Jack Hobbs, WG Grace, Len Hutton… But Cook will be remembered as a very fine player. ‘He’s kept himself fit over a very long period of time and his performances up until the last two years have been exceptionally good. ‘He’s been consistent. He’s got all the attributes you need as an opening batsman – concentration, patience and sheer bloody-mindedness."
Since making his debut for England 12 years ago, Cook has gone on to represent his country over 250 times. He starred in four Ashes triumphs as well.
Explaining his decision to retire from international cricket, Cook said in a statement: "Although it is a sad day, I can do so with a big smile on my face knowing I have given everything and there is nothing left in the tank.
"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 thought of not sharing the dressing room, again, with some of my teammates was the hardest part of my decision, but I know the timing is right."
In what will be Cook's last Test series for England, they lead India 3-1 in the five-match Test series with the fifth Test match at The Oval marking an end to the tour as well as Cook's international career.
(Inputs from Metro UK)