A Look Ahead to Alastair Cook’s Final Test & What To Expect From Him in Retirement

Champions Cricket Speakers Agency takes a look ahead to former England captain, Alastair Cook MBE's final Test match. A legend of English cricket, Cook will retire as the most successful English batsman of all time having broken a host of records and will now be available to hire as a cricket speaker through our agency.

England’s Greatest Test Match Batsman

Widely regarded as England’s greatest and most prolific batsman of all time, English cricket will witness the end of an era in the coming week as their all-time leading Test run scorer calls time on a spectacular career. The left-handed opening batsman has enjoyed a 12-year career for his country having played 160 Tests and making 32 Test centuries. The 12,254 Test runs he racked up for England puts him 6th in the all-time test run scorer list, just 146 runs behind Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakarra. Cook’s final test will be played at The Oval against India and will be a celebration of not only the series win but of one of the greatest careers in English cricketing history.

The Batting Guru

Alastair Cook
England Legend Alastair Cook MBE

Renowned as a mentally tough batsman, Alastair Cook has epitomised concentration and determination throughout his career. Alastair has scored the most Test hundreds out of any England player following the perfect start on his debut against India in Nagpur in March 2006 - when he became only the fifth Englishman to score both a ton and half-century in a debut Test.

Averaging close to 45 throughout his career, an impressive figure for an opener who has played for over a decade. Another of Cook’s impressive achievements is his record in Asia has seen him go out with an average of 54.18, meaning his average in Asia is greater than on home soil, an accomplishment that is unheard of for English players.

The Record Breaker

Alastair Cook Cenutry
Cook celebrating an Ashes hundred

The youngest English player to score 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000 and 6,000 Test runs, Cook went on to become the youngest player of any nationality to reach the landmarks of 6,000, 7,000, 8,000, 9,000, 10,000, 11,000 and 12,000 runs in Test cricket. A phenomenal achievement, the remarkable left-hander is also England’s most capped player ever and the country’s most capped captain too. He has forever shone in an England shirt across the world.

A sizeable 3,354 runs ahead of the 2nd placed England leading run scorer, his mentor, Graham Gooch shows the magnitude of Cook’s achievement. Equally as impressive and extraordinary is his longevity in the game. Alastair Cook MBE has also played the most consecutive Test matches ever and will end his tally on 159 consecutive matches, an outstanding effort. Cook’s numbers and the sheer volume of records he has broken speak for themselves: this is a true legend of the game.

A Legend of English Cricket – The Perfect Role Model

Alastair Cook Guard of Honour
Alastair Cook MBE Guard of Honour

The consummate professional with an impeccable record and reputation, there have been few players to have worked harder and made the most of their potential. Popular amongst fans, players and pundits, it is rare in this era to play international sport for over a decade and maintain a flawless reputation, this is a true testament to his character.

A player said to have limited ability and physical attributes, Alastair Cook MBE has deified all odds and judgement to become the most decorated and adorned player in English cricketing history.

What Next for Cook?

Alastair Cook MBE on his way to the crease

A farewell fit for a king is likely to await Cook at The Oval this week as England fans and players say farewell to a stalwart of the game. Following his retirement from international cricket, Cook has signed a three-year contract with his beloved Essex CCC where he will continue to help in the development of the next generation.

Alongside his commitments on the county circuit, the England cricket legend will certainly be in demand as a cricket speaker and motivational speaker as he reminisces on his illustrious career during speaking engagements. He is available to hire for your events today via the Champions Cricket Speaker Agency. He retires as a true legend of England cricket and leaves huge shoes to fill. It is doubtful that we'll ever see another Alastair Cook in our lifetime.

Book Alastair Cook MBE:

To book the record-breaking England batsman and former captain Alastair Cook MBE as the cricket speaker for any corporate event, gala dinner or private function. To ensure the presence of the English cricket icon, simply contact one of our dedicated booking agents at Champions Cricket Speakers Agency directly on 0207 1010 553. An unforgettable occasion awaits your guests as they will receive an insight into mind and life of a legend as well as experiencing Cook’s entertaining anecdotes entwined with an abundance of knowledge and expertise.