Authentic Signed Alastair Cook Photos, Frames, Mounts and DisplaysAlastair Cook, MBE is an English cricketer. A left-handed opening batsman, he is the captain of the England Test team and former ODI captain, and plays county cricket for Essex. While touring in the West Indies with the ECB National Academy, Cook was called up to the England national team in India as a last-minute replacement for Marcus Trescothick and debuted with a century. He made his debut at the age of 21 and went on to score 1,000 runs in his maiden year and become the youngest Englishman to reach 1,500, 2,000, 3,000, 4,000 and 5,000 Test runs, making centuries in his first Test matches against India, Pakistan, the West Indies and Bangladesh. He was appointed as the captain of the Test team after fellow opener Andrew Strauss' retirement on 29 August 2012. Cook captained England to its first Test series victory on Indian soil since 1984–85. During the tour he broke the record for most Test centuries for England, 23 and became the first captain to score a century in each of his first five Tests in charge. On 28 December 2013, Alastair Cook became the youngest player to complete 8000 Test runs, 21 days younger than Sachin Tendulkar. On 30 May 2015, Cook became the leading run-scorer in Test matches for England, after surpassing Graham Gooch. In the second test against New Zealand at Headingley, he also scored his 9000th Test run, the first English batsman to do so. As a player, Cook is the first England cricketer to be involved in 50 Test victories.. Exactly a year later, on 30 May 2016 in the second test against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-street, Cook became the youngest man (and the first Englishman) to reach 10,000 runs in Test cricket.
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