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Sir Alastair Cook has finally decided to end his extraordinary career as a professional cricket player, having served the game brilliantly for more than 20 years. In 2018, the former England captain announced his retirement from international cricket, yet he still led Essex with distinction.

Cook made the following announcement: “Today I am announcing my retirement and the end of my career as a professional cricketer.” “Bidding adieu is a difficult undertaking. Cricket has meant so much more to me than just a career for the last twenty or so years. It has given me the opportunity to travel to countries I never would have thought to visit, join teams that have accomplished things I never would have believed possible, and, most importantly, create lifetime friendships.

I am sad to be leaving the team because I have been a part of Wickham Bishops Under 11s since I was eight years old, but I am also proud of myself. But overall, I’m honestly content. I’m prepared to move on from this chapter of my life. Although I’ve always put a lot of effort into playing to the best of my abilities, I want to give the younger guys a chance right now.”

In 2003, Cook made his debut in First-class cricket and was soon selected to play Test matches for England. He retired with around 12,000 runs after an incredible 12 years at the pinnacle of red-ball cricket. Having achieved 74 tons and 125 fifties, the 38-year-old has accumulated around 27000 runs. And he has still more amazing First-class numbers. It says something about his legacy that he was able to maintain an average above 50 after 619 innings, despite the difficult surfaces in England. Cook was without a doubt the pillar of the Essex team, which won the Championship in 2019 to mark its ultimate achievement.

“I had no idea that after my international career ended, I would play for Essex for an additional five bonus years.” That was a time when we had experienced unfathomable fun. I would like to thank the players, head coach Anthony McGrath, and my two captains at the time, Ryan ten Doeschate and Tom Westley. I will miss being in the Eagles locker room, but I won’t miss putting on my pads and face the new ball.

In my opinion, Essex will keep performing much beyond its league level and take home more titles in the years to come. “One of my favourite gaming accomplishments is having a full season when Essex won the County Championship in 2019.”

Essex is currently second in the standings after 14 games, with seven victories and four ties. Throughout his career, Cook has averaged fifty runs per game, including 106 fifty-score runs. Once more, he is in the running for runs.

“The support I receive from England supporters never ceases to amaze me, even though my career as an England player ended in 2018.” You have always encouraged me and supported me no matter where I have gone with your unwavering faith and positive outlook. The world’s greatest cricket fans are actually from England.

“I’ll always be appreciative that I could play cricket. I will always be grateful for everything the game has given me. Currently, I want to see space in the Bedfordshire Farmers’ bottom order for a former “all-rounder.”

“Good luck to England in the World Cup, I look forward to supporting the team for many years to come.”

 

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