Former England captain and the opening partner to Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss, termed the 33-year-old as England's greatest player ever.
Former England captain and the opening partner to Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss, termed the 33-year-old as England’s greatest player ever.

Former England captain and the opening partner to Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss termed the 33-year-old as England’s greatest player ever.

Cook, who has announced his retirement from international cricket after the end of the India vs England series, is currently playing his final Test, 161st – the most by an Englishman.

Cook came into this match having scored 12,254 Test runs at an average of 44.88 including 32 hundreds.

“That average, that consistency, the number of times he’s passed fifty and obviously the hundreds and the match-winning hundreds he’s got, all combine to make him England’s greatest player ever in my opinion,” Strauss told Sky Sports ahead of the fifth Test at the Kia Oval on Friday.

Cook and Strauss batted together for six years between 2006 and 2012 scoring 5253 between them in 132 innings at an average of 40.40 and are England’s most successful pair Test cricket.

Former captain Cook, England’s all-time record run-scorer, walked out to a guard of honour from his India opponents after being presented with a commemorative cap by Strauss, his predecessor as Test skipper, before play started.

Strauss, now the England and Wales Cricket Board director, addressed the England team before handing Cook a cap numbered 161 to mark the final international match of a 12-year international career.