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Old 3rd September 2018, 13:01   #1
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Cook retires

About time. I hope it was his decision.
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Old 3rd September 2018, 13:17   #2
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About time. I hope it was his decision.
Inevitable unfortunately and sad that his performances have dropped so markedly for so long.
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Old 3rd September 2018, 13:23   #3
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What an innings. Thanks Mr. Cook for all the fun sweat and tears and fantastic amount of runs. Oval will be emotional especially if he has to dash off on 99 to see a new baby.
(Nasty first post even if in jest.)
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Old 3rd September 2018, 13:25   #4
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The greatest run scorer in numbers we've ever produced. The record for the most consecutive Tests. And that Ashes series in 2010-11, thanks for some great memories Alastair.

I wonder if he'll keep any form of connection to cricket or just head back to his farm for good?
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Old 3rd September 2018, 13:28   #5
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The greatest run scorer in numbers we've ever produced. The record for the most consecutive Tests. And that Ashes series in 2010-11, thanks for some great memories Alastair.

I wonder if he'll keep any form of connection to cricket or just head back to his farm for good?
He said he's looking forward to getting fully stuck in with Essex in 2019...... as I'd kinda expected.
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Old 3rd September 2018, 13:42   #6
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Good luck to him. He'll be remembered as one of our best batsmen of the modern era. I hope he continues playing county cricket.
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12,000 test runs, 32 test centuries and series victories home and away against Australia, India and South Africa is a fine legacy. A great career but the time is right.
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Sentimental mawkfest at the Oval awaits.

Hope he does a Nasser and goes out with some runs but I'm sceptical.
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Well done Alastair. A magnificent career. Sadly, your priceless ability to play each ball on its merits for several days at a time may never be realised again in English test cricket. You've always come across as a lovely gentle man and a fine team player, and although your captaincy was not particularly inspirational, you led the team to several fine series victories, notably away in India and South Africa. Best of luck in whatever comes next for you.
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Old 3rd September 2018, 13:50   #10
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Alastair Cook deserves admiration and respect for all of his achievements for England. The timing seems perfect, given the series is won already. A “lap of honour” for Cook is appropriate at the Oval, even as the matter of his replacement is such a difficult issue.

Well done, Chef, and done with class.
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12,000 test runs, 32 test centuries and series victories home and away against Australia, India and South Africa is a fine legacy. A great career but the time is right.
Agreed. His performances in Australia in 2010 and India in 2012 must rank among the best ever by an English batsman overseas. He was never a great captain and the weight of the role probably cost him another 1000 runs, but once the dust has settled he'll be looked back on fondly by most England fans.
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Agreed. His performances in Australia in 2010 and India in 2012 must rank among the best ever by an English batsman overseas. He was never a great captain and the weight of the role probably cost him another 1000 runs, but once the dust has settled he'll be looked back on fondly by most England fans.
His batting in India in 2012 was certainly the best I’ve seen from an England batsman overseas (alongside Vaughan down under).
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Old 3rd September 2018, 14:16   #13
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Sad to see him go but it was probably the right time to do so.

The only former choirboy to have scored over 10000 test runs.
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Wonderful batsman who was a perennial thorn in India's flesh, home or away. A definitely twenty-first century great of the game. The fact he opened the innings and managed to score so heavily speaks very highly of his application as a batsman. Wish him all the very best for his future. Hopefully, we'll see him in some other capacity in future.
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Good luck to him. He'll be remembered as one of our best batsmen of the modern era. I hope he continues playing county cricket.
Agreed and ...

Finally solves the problem of who will be his next opening partner, but all those quiz questions regarding who has been his opening partner will no doubt continue for a while. Creates another problem though.
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That decision having been made, I wonder if he’ll finally make a big score (or two) at the Oval to give fans something tangible to cheer as well as the memories.
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Agreed and ...

Finally solves the problem of who will be his next opening partner, but all those quiz questions regarding who has been his opening partner will no doubt continue for a while. Creates another problem though.
I hope it will create opportunities. Two new openers can create something between them.
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Agreed. His performances in Australia in 2010 and India in 2012 must rank among the best ever by an English batsman overseas. He was never a great captain and the weight of the role probably cost him another 1000 runs, but once the dust has settled he'll be looked back on fondly by most England fans.
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Sad to see him go but it was probably the right time to do so.

The only former choirboy to have scored over 10000 test runs.


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The cynic in me wonders if this was the best way to ensure a swan song at the Oval. If I was a selector I would be considering who to try out in the top 3 in a "dead rubber".

Some fine performances in the past, a long and mostly prolific career, and England will be fortunate to find a replacement who ends up with as good a reputation overall.
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I have said on here before that his achievements up until mid 2013 related up there with many a contemporary top ranked player of the time, his period from Australia 2010-11 and including the Indian 2012 series being obvious standouts along with his general play against spin.

It is a shame that it has been such a sliding scale from that point in time, but part of that is the sheer scale of games. Cook has had a 13 year career almost and I guess that relentless schedule is behind his slump and bowling out at what seems a pretty young age of 33 when many anticipated that he could have gone on for a few more years than he actually has.
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