Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke
Alastair Cook (L) and Michael Clarke (Getty Images)

Alastair Cook will be playing his final Test from Friday having announced his retirement on Monday. With that, England’s most prolific batsman in the format will draw curtains on a record-breaking career that began with a century on debut against India in 2006.

Throughout his career, Cook witnessed several highs and lows. His ability to bounce back from slump in form, scoring runs everywhere and adaptability to conditions and doing that keeping a low profile is what makes him a great ambassador of the game.

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has called Cook a gentleman who believed in doing rather than engaging in big talks who has set a great example.

“Alastair was a gentleman and a great ambassador for the game of cricket,” Clarke was quoted as saying by News Corp Australia. “I’ve always believed it’s not what you say, it’s what you do and he’s a great example of that. He wasn’t a big talker on or off the field but when he said something it was important, and that was the way he played.”

Cook, England’s all-time leading run-getter, has scored the most runs by an opening batsman in Test – position Clarke feels is the ‘toughest’ in cricket. “He was a fighter and he batted in what I believe is the toughest position in our game, opening the batting,” he said.

However, Clarke, who lost to Cook-led England in two away Ashes series, feels the Englishman hasn’t received his due credit. “He found a way to score runs in all conditions and that’s a sign of a great player, that he can adapt and find a way to be successful all around the world. He probably hasn’t received the credit he has deserved for being such a good player,” the 37-year-old said.