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.