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February 7, 2018

Cricketer Alistair Cook

Alastair Nathan Cook, CBE was born on Christmas Day, 25 December 1984, in Gloucester.  He is an English cricketer. A former captain of the England Test and One Day International (ODI) teams, he holds a number of English and international records. 

He is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen ever to play for England, and is one of the most prolific batsmen of the modern era.  Cook is England's most-capped player and has captained the team in an English record 59 Tests and 69 ODIs. He has very recently stepped down as team Captain.  

He is the leading run-scorer in Test matches for England, and the youngest player to complete 12,000 Test runs (the 6th overall and the only Englishman).  A left-handed opening batsman, he normally fields at first slip.

Cook was called up to the Test side in 2006,  as a last-minute replacement for Marcus Trescothick and debuted, aged 21, with a century. He went on to score 1,000 runs in his maiden year and made centuries in his first Test matches against India, Pakistan, the West Indies and Bangladesh. Cook played a pivotal role in England winning the 2009 Ashes series. 

He was appointed captain of the Test team after fellow opener Andrew Strauss's retirement on 29 August 2012. Cook captained England to its first Test series victory in India since 1984–85. During the tour he became the first captain to score a century in each of his first five Tests in charge. On 30 May 2015, Cook became the leading run-scorer in Test matches for England, surpassing Graham Gooch (8900).

After England's 2016 tour of Bangladesh and India, he stepped down as Test captain. Cook was appointed MBE in 2011 and CBE in 2016 for services to cricket

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