Alastair Cook MBE biography
Alastair Cook is a stylish left-handed British batsman who leads from the front dominating bowlers and made a name for himself at Essex County Cricket Club and for England. Having gained the England ODI captaincy in 2011, he was appointed captain of the Test Side in August 2012 following Andrew Strauss retirement.
At 21, Alastair Cook scored his first test century on his England Debut. Since then he has become the second youngest player worldwide, behind Sachin Tendulkar, to score 5,000 test runs.
Alastair Cook also holds the record of being the youngest ever Englishman to reach 6,000 runs and also to score 20 centuries. He was part of England’s Ashes winning side in Australia scoring an incredible 766 in 7 innings, averaging 127 and batting for over 35 hours in the series.
Alastair was educated at Bedford School where he broke all manner of records with his classy batting. He 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 Alastair Cook top scoring for England in the series with 298 runs in five matches.
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Alastair Cook was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours.
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