Alastair Cook has played 152 Tests for England © Getty Images
Alastair Cook has played 152 Tests for England © Getty Images

Alastair Cook has rubbished talks of him retiring anytime soon from England colours. Cook, had a fairly poor time with the bat in The Ashes 2017-18, scoring 376 from 5 Tests, including a 244 at MCG. Cook writing for Sky Sports, said: “There has been a little bit in the papers over the last couple of days saying that I was close to quitting cricket during the Ashes – these things don’t always come out right. I wasn’t close to quitting, I was asked a question about how tough it was and it was a tough period of my career, I wasn’t playing as well as I’d have liked.”

He talked about how he overcame the negativity around him, he said: “Naturally, those questions about finishing are going to be asked, they were asked and I give an honest answer – Yes, it was it tough and you do doubt yourself – then the headline comes up that I was ready to quit. That isn’t the case. Yes, it is tough and you go through dark moments but a lot of people who have played a lot of cricket go through those periods.

During those times you’ve got to trust yourself a bit and draw a bit of confidence from the fact that over 150 Test matches – and without wanting to sound arrogant – I’ve done it a few times and scored runs at the highest level.”

Cook’s next assignment will be against New Zealand in the first Test at Eden Park on Thursday. A veteran of 152 Tests, Cook has accumulated 12,005 Test runs with 32 hundreds and 55 half-centuries to his name. His next aim will be to surpass Kumar Sangakkara‘s Test tally of 12,400 runs.