Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook (Getty Images)

England’s most prolific run-scorer in Test cricket, Alastair Cook, has announced that the fifth and final Test against India which starts this Friday will be his last. His career will come full circle as it was against India that he made a memorable debut in Nagpur 2006, hitting a century in England’s second innings.

Here’s a brief look at Cook’s 12-year career

Full Name: Alastair Nathan Cook

Date of Birth: December 25, 1984

Birthplace: Gloucester, England

Major Teams: Essex, England

Test Record [Till Date]

Matches: 160 | Runs: 12,254 | Average: 44.88 | 100s: 32 | Highest Score: 294

Major Records

=> In 2006, became the fifth England batsman to register a half-century and a century in a debut Test

=> Cook’s most memorable performance in Test cricket came during the 2010-11 Ashes series when he accumulated 766 runs with three centuries and two fifties. He clocked over 36 hours spent at the crease and was declared as the player of the series.

=> In May 2015, he overtook his idol Graham Gooch’s record as the highest run-getter for England in Tests

=> His 12,254* runs is the sixth-highest in Test history

=> He is the youngest cricketer in Test history to score 6,000, 7,000, 8,000, 9,000, 10,000, 11,000 and 12,000 runs in the format

=> He has 32 centuries so far – the most by any Englishman and the 10th most by any cricketer.

=> Cook is in the final leg of an extraordinary Test record. After his opening two Tests, he missed out on a third straight game due to illness. Since that mini-break, he has represented England 158 consecutive Tests – a world record which will conclude with at 159 in the fifth Test at the Oval.