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Player Profile – Alastair Cook

This is the player profile of current England Test and One Day International Captain Alastair Cook. Know all the personal and professional details about Alastair Cook in this article.

Basic Details about Alastair Cook

Full Name: Alastair Nathan Cook

Nick Name(s): Cooky, Chef, English Bradman

Date of Birth: 25th December, 1984

Place of Birth: Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England

Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)

Education: Bedfordshire School

Professional Details about Alastair Cook

Batting Style: Left Handed Batsman

Bowling Style: Right Arm Slow-Medium

Role in the Team: Opening Batsman and Captain of English Test and One Day International teams

List A Debut: Essex Cricket Board Vs Essex at Chelmsford on 7th May 2003

First Class Debut: Essex Vs Nottinghamshire at Chelmsford on 3rd September 2003

Twenty20 Debut: Vs Middlesex at Southgate on 1st July, 2005

T20I Debut: Vs West Indies at The Oval on 28th June, 2007

One Day International Debut: Vs Sri Lanka at Manchester on 28th June 2006

Test Match Debut: Vs India at Nagpur on 1st March 2006

Major Teams Played For: England, England Lions, England Under 19s, Essex, Marylebone Cricket Club and Bedfordshire

More about Alastair Cook

Borne to Stephanie and Graham Cook in Gloucester, Alastair Cook still is a keen musician. His father Graham was an engineer with British Telecom and used to play cricket for his village. His mother, Stephanie is a teacher in Swansea. Alastair Cook is from a mixed Anglo-Welsh race. Alastair Cook has married to his childhood friend Alice Hunt and the couple is blessed with a girl child Elsie who was born on 3rd April 2014.

Before embarking on the international scene Alastair Cook used to play for the Essex’s Academy and used to play for their first XI. Then he was called by the Essex County Team and played his first-class matches for the county club. Alastair Cook was in West Indies with the ECB National Academy team when he was called to join the English National side playing in India immediately to replace Marcus Trescothick. From very first test match Alastair Cook made his mark by hitting a century against India at the age of 21. At the end of his first year in International cricket Alastair Cook made 1000 runs.

Alastair Cook is the fastest Englishman to reach the 1500, 2000, 3000, 4000 and 5000 runs. During his earlier years Alastair Cook became a run machine and thus he gained the nickname of ‘English Bradman’ by his fans. After his partner in the opening Andrew Strauss decided to retire Alastair Cook took over as the captain of the English Cricket Team and won England’s first Test series victory in India in 2012 after David Gower’s team achieved that feat way back in 1984-85 series. Alastair Cook also has one more feather in his cap as a captain which is the victory in back-to-back Ashes series played in 2009 and 2011.

Cook enjoyed the captainship of the England Cricket Team in 2013. His team finished as the finished runners-up in the 2013 Champions Trophy. In 2015, Cook followed his own tradition of flinching another Champions Trophy.

In 2015 – 2016, He led his team towards a stunning win over South Africa. But, 2016 turned out to be a professionally tough year for Cook. There were several times when his captaincy was tested, but he came out stronger.

It was in 2017 when Cook resigned from the post of Captain of England Cricket Team. Post this, he also wished to be playing as the batsman in the longest format of the game. After handling his captainship to Joe Root, Cook seemed to be quite calm in terms of his approach towards batting.

Again in 2018, he faced some struggles in the South Africa series but the upcoming series gave him a chance to reinvent himself and also his game.


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