Alastair cook and England – Even someone outside the cricketing world knows about this connection. More than 12,000 runs under his name in 161 test matches makes him the highest run getter in the England Cricket history. Over the span of years in the success of England Team in test cricket this southpaw had played a very crucial role in that.
Since his debut against India in 2006, with the fine century – it was the glimpse to the world cricket that what had to come in the years of his cricketing career. Cook had done almost everything in his career that a batsman would dream about doing for the England team. With most number of ashes trophy as a captain to most number of centuries in the longest format of game – Cook Clearly Justified the tag of modern day great.
The legacy cook left behind will not only take years to fill but surely it will in the memories of fans for the decades. 3rd September, 2018 When Alastair cook announced to bids adiue at the age of 33 it was shocking for the fans not just the end of his cricketing Journey but it was the end of flamboyant batting. With the bundle of records under his cap from most number of test appearances for England-153 let us take a look at some of the greatest knocks in Alastair cook Career.
Take a look back at top 4 greatest test knocks of Alastair cook career.
235 Vs Australia, Brisbane, 2010
Well scoring against Australia in their own territory is dream of every batsman. First test match of the series after winning the toss, England Captain decided to bat first on the fast track of Brisbane and the tourist failed miserably in their first innings with the score of 260 – Cook made valuable contribution with 67 in the first innings.
While hosts took the match-winning lead of 221 runs in their first innings as Australia scored 481 in the first innings. What next was expected the same sort of bowling from Australian pacers but followed was the different show – England batters took the front line and bat like predators and went par the score of Australian first innings and declared their innings at 517/1 while Alastair cook remain unbeaten on 235*.
Although the match was ended in a draw but it was not possible if Alastair cook didn’t played that unbeaten knock.
263 Vs Pakistan, Abu Dhabi, 2015
England tour of Pakistan, and once the epic knock came in the first test match of series. After winning the toss, Pakistan captain decided to bat first and there decision turned totally right as host put on 523/8 and declared their innings.
With the home condition, the pacers looking to dismantle the tourist cheaply but followed next was the resilience from flamboyant left handed batsman Alastair cook with match turning knock of 263 which helped the tourist to not only went par the score but they also declared their innings at 598/9.
But England pacers restrict the hosts at 173 in their second innings and with small total tourist was almost reached the total but rain interrupted their plans and match ended in a draw.
294 Vs India, Edgbaston,2011
Team India touring England as the favourite to lift the series easily. But followed next was nightmare for the Indian team and they lost the series with 4-0.
The third test of the series England team after winning the toss forced India to bat first and they failed miserably at the score of 224 in their first innings. Coming in was the England openers and Cook took the moment to smashed on of the greatest innings of his life and tear apart the India bowlers with any hopes to win the match along with the score of 294 and England went to post on mammoth score of 710/7 while declared the first innings.
With the star line up it was expected some fight from team India but with pressure of saving and winning the match they have to cross the milestone but they failed badly and all out at 244 in the second innings and not only lost the match but series also by 4-0. But this epic performance from Alastair cook was the highlight of the series.
244* Vs Australia, Melbourne, 2017
Before retirement, Alastair cook one more proved why he will remembered for the decades. 4th test of ashes series and already trailing by 3-0 in the series. England and Australia ashes is among the best rivalry in the cricket.
After winning the Australia decided to bat first and they managed to scored 327 in their first innings. With every hopes to dismantle the England team one more time – Australia started the fiery spells but it was all belong Alastair cook who remained unbeaten on 244* not only the match was ended in draw but cook single handily took the Australian pacers and helped England to scored 491 in their first innings.
Although the match was draw but it was not possible without that sublime knock of cook and saved the England team from getting white wash in the series.