[caption id="attachment_694421" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-694421" alt="Alastair Cook has played 152 Tests for England Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Alastair-Cook-243-vs-West-indies.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Alastair Cook has played 152 Tests for England Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Alastair-Cook">Alastair Cook</a> has rubbished talks of him retiring anytime soon from <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/England ">England </a>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 <i>Sky Sports</i>, 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." <p></p> <p></p>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. <p></p> <p></p>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. <p></p> <p></p>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 <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Kumar-Sangakkara">Kumar Sangakkara</a>'s Test tally of 12,400 runs.