Eng­land’s Cook to re­tire from in­ter­na­tional cricket

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Alas­tair Cook an­nounced this week he would re­tire from in­ter­na­tional cricket af­ter the ifth Test against In­dia, with Eng­land’s lead­ing Test run-scorer say­ing he had “noth­ing left in the tank.”

The 33-year-old Es­sex left-han­der has amassed 12,254 runs at 44.88 in­clud­ing 32 hun­dreds, while his run of 158 con­sec­u­tive Test ap­pear­ances is a world record. But the for­mer Eng­land cap­tain, who has played in 160 Tests in to­tal, has strug­gled for runs re­cently and av­er­ages a mea­gre 18.62 from nine Tests this year. “Af­ter much thought and de­lib­er­a­tion over the last few months I have de­cided to an­nounce my re­tire­ment from in­ter­na­tional cricket at the end of this Test se­ries against In­dia,” said Cook in an Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board 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,” the four-time Ashes-win­ner 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.”

AFP

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