Full name Alastair Nathan Cook – Nickname Cooky, Chef
Born December 25, 1984, Gloucester
Major teams England, Bedfordshire, England Lions, England Under-19s, Essex, Marylebone Cricket Club
Playing role Opening batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm slow
Height 6 ft 2 in
Education Bedford School
Alastair Nathan Cook, MBE is an English international cricket player. He is a left-handed opening batsman who plays county cricket for Essex and International cricket for England, where he is their ODI captain. Cook played for Essex’s Academy and made his debut for the first XI in 2003. He has played in a variety of England’s youth teams from 2000 until his call up to the Test side in 2006.
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. Debuting at 21 years of age, Cook went on to become the youngest Englishman to reach 1,000, 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000 and 6,000 test runs, making centuries in his first Test matches against India, Pakistan, the West Indies and Bangladesh. He is also the only Englishman to score seven Test centuries before his 23rd birthday.
Despite this prodigious flurry of runs, Cook came under criticism throughout 2008 for a lack of centuries; he replied in 2009 with two centuries, as well as a score of 95 against Australia to help seal England’s first victory against them at Lord’s since 1934. He took seven catches in the series, including the final wicket, to win the 2009 Ashes series. After deputising as Test captain in 2010, Cook went on to play another pivotal role in retaining the 2010-11 Ashes series, breaking records by scoring the second highest number of runs in a Test series by an Englishman, including his maiden first-class double-hundred and two further hundreds, and batting for over 35 hours during the series.
Cook was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours.