Sir Alastair Cook hits pre-Championship form with 150* for Essex
Sir Alastair Cook made 150 not out against Cambridge University. (Image: Twitter/Essex Cricket)

In his first innings since he retired last September, former England batsman Sir Alastair Cook has marked his pre-County Championship campaign by scoring an unbeaten 150 for Essex versus Cambridge University.

Cook, 34, faced 248 balls for his hundred and hit 21 fours. His 150* is the 64th hundred of Cook’s first-class career.

He put on 217 with Adam Wheater, who made 130 out of Essex’s 387/5 declared. (READ: Essex name former Andre Nel as assistant head coach)

Cook, England’s all-time run-getter in Test cricket, signed a three-year deal with Essex last year which will keep him with the club until 2021.

He was knighted in February.