Alastair Cook captained England to their first Test series victory on Indian soil since 1984–85. The stylish, left-handed batsman broke the record for most Test centuries and became the first captain to score a century in each of his first five Tests in charge. He was also part of England’s Ashes winning side in Australia–scoring an incredible 766 in 7 innings.
Education and Early Sporting Career
Alastair was educated at Bedford School where he broke all manner of records with his classy batting and first played for his school First XI as a first year. When the MCC were a man short for their game against the school, Cook was drafted in and scored an unbeaten century against the 1st XI and was in the 1st XI for the next five years.
In 2003, he made 1,287 runs for the school, at a batting average of 160.87 (a school record number of runs). At the beginning of the 2005 season, whilst playing for the MCC, he scored another century, against reigning County Champions, Warwickshire, at Lord’s.
He captained England in the 2004 Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh and scored two centuries while leading them to the semi-finals. He scored his maiden first-class hundred, against Leicestershire at Chelmsford in 2004, and having already impressed the likes of Andy Flower and Darren Gough, his county team-mates, a blossoming future beckons.
A fine season in 2005 including an outstanding double century against the touring Australians was rewarded when he was voted Cricketer of the Year by the Cricket Writers’ Club.
Cook’s first game as full-time Captain against Sri Lanka at the Oval saw England victorious by 110 runs. England went on to win the series 3-2, with Cook top scoring for England in the series with 298 runs in five matches. This performance also led to an ODI player of the series award.
He was appointed as the captain of the Test team after fellow opener Andrew Strauss’ retirement on 29 August 2012. Cook captained England to its first Test series victory on Indian soil since 1984–85. During the tour he broke the record for most Test centuries for England, 23 and became the first captain to score a century in each of his first five Tests in charge.
Cook was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours.
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