Alastair Cook, former England captain, announced his retirement from international cricket on September 3, 2018. The final Test between England and India in the ongoing Pataudi Trophy, at the Kia Oval, will be his 161st and final Test match.
This Test match will also be his 159th consecutive outing in Test cricket for England, a world record and Cook will retire as the most capped England Test player and as their highest Test and international run-getter.
Known for his tremendous appetite for long innings and big scores, Alastair Nathan Cook made his Test debut against India in 2006 at Nagpur and promptly stamped his authority with a debut century. From then on, Cook became a mainstay of the England line-up for more than a decade to come. He has 12,254 runs in 160 Tests with 32 centuries and 56 fifties at an average of 44.88 and has taken 173 catches for England.
Cook was the first England captain to win a Test series in both India and South Africa.