Alastair Cook’s England career is officially over after England’s win in the Fifth Test match of the series against India.
Cook holds plenty of records for England after a magnificent career that spanned 12 years.
Here’s a look at Cook’s England career in numbers.
Alastair Cook: Career in numbers
Test matches: 161
Alastair Cook played 161 Test matches for England. He played two games in India in 2006, missed a Test with a stomach bug, returned to the side later that year to face Sri Lanka and played every single Test since. His 159 consecutive Test matches is an all-time record.
Cook scored a monumental 12,472 Test runs, making him the fifth highest scorer in the history of Test cricket. He went past Kumar Sangakkara into fifth place of all-time scorers during his final Test innings
Cook ended his career with a batting average of 45.35, which is remarkable for an English opener who played so many Test matches.
Cook scored 100 or more runs 33 times during his career as an England Test player. Five of those scores were over 200.
As well as his 33 centuries, Cook scored between 50 and 99 an impressive 57 times.
Highest Score: 294
Cook’s highest score was 294, a total which he scored against India at Edgbaston back in 2011
Total time spent batting: 621 hours 48 minutes.
In total, Cook spent an incredible 621 hours and 48 minutes batting for England. That is the equivalent of 25 days, 21 hours 48 minutes of batting!
Non-Boundary runs: 6618
Cook scored a grand total of 6618 non-boundary runs. The breakdown was 3803 singles, 980 twos, 281 threes and three all-ran fours.
Boundary runs: 5854
5854 of Cook’s runs came form boundaries. The breakdown was 1,442 fours, 11 sixes and four fives (including the one that took him to his century in his final innings).
Dot balls: 20,038
Always one to leave the ball or play a solid defensive shot, 20,038 of the balls Cook faced resulted in a dot ball.
As well as his numerous accomplishments with the bat, Cook has made 175 catches as a fielder. Plenty of those came from his usual position in the slip cordon.
Whilst he was very much a batsman, Cook did end his career with one Test wicket. In a game against India that was heading for a draw back in 2014, Cook brought himself on to bowl and had Ishant Sharma caught down the leg side.
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