Alastair Cook leads list of sporting New Year honours with knighthood

Other awards for Bill Beaumont, Gareth Southgate and Geraint Thomas

Alastair Cook has been hailed as an exemplary ambassador for cricket after the former England captain received a knighthood in the New Year honours list.

Colin Graves, the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, led the praise for Cook after the 34-year-old became the 11th Englishman to be knighted for services to cricket.

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