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Category: Alastair Cook

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The five county cricketers of the year

A player may only be named as a County Cricketer of the Year once. Here are the previous winners: 2019; 2018 and 2017By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogThere’s that quote from Sid Waddell – “When Alexander of Macedonia was 33, he cried salt tears…

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Alastair Cook says cancelling County Championship may be best option

Essex star says condensed campaign would be less ‘meaningful’Coronavirus – latest updates | See all our coverageFormer England captain Alastair Cook says he would rather the County Championship was not played at all this season than attempting to hold …

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Alastair Cook: ‘Steve Smith is redefining what is possible as a batsman’ | Donald McRae

The former England captain on Australia’s ‘freak’ run machine, the psychological battles all cricketers face and why less could be more for the future of Test cricket“As cricketers we fail all the time,” Alastair Cook says as he remembers how, exactly …

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County cricket talking points: Hampshire draw at Yorkshire to go top

Gary Ballance hit a century for Yorkshire but Hampshire dug in at Headingley to leapfrog Somerset at the top of the tableBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogHampshire leapfrogged inactive Somerset to go top of the table after time ran out in a wea…

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‘I’ve played my last game for England’: Alastair Cook relishing county life

• Essex opener made 150 against Cambridge University last week • ‘I’ve had my time. I’ve had an amazing journey’It might be a stretch to see Alastair Cook as the Billy Bonds of cricket, although the England and now exclusively Essex hero shares with th…

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Alastair Cook makes it a knight’s tale with supreme century for Essex

Former England captain had one scare on his way to 150 in his first match since he was knighted in the New Year’s Honours listHe did not want a fuss. He was still one of the lads, he said. He had only been made a knight, for heaven’s sake, not a god.An…

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Tom Jenkins’s best sports photos of 2018

The Guardian and Observer sport photographer Tom Jenkins selects his favourite images from the thousands of frames that he shot during 2018 and recalls the stories behind them20mm lens 1/2000 f4 ISO 3200 Continue reading…

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Alastair Cook leads list of sporting New Year honours with knighthood

Other awards for Bill Beaumont, Gareth Southgate and Geraint ThomasAlastair 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 th…

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Alastair Cook could be the latest in a list of unlikely cricketing knights | Emma John

Sir Ian Botham may soon have a rival in the opener who went out in a blaze of glory this summerMy admiration for sportspeople is always at its most intense at this time of year. After all, it’s the season when I can make it to the end of a week and rea…

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Rory Burns ready for added scrutiny as he tries out to be an England opener

• I’ll just try to be strong between my ears, Surrey captain says• Burns has already picked the brain of Kumar SangakkaraRory Burns is bracing himself for the inevitable television scrutiny that his homespun technique will attract at international leve…

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Jimmy Anderson is England’s best ever cricketer, says departing Alastair Cook

• Retiring batsman hails bowler after landmark in fifth Test• Anderson became top wicket-taking paceman of all timeAfter a fairytale final week as an England cricketer, Alastair Cook looked to divert some of the adulation on to his old friend Jimmy And…

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Alastair Cook says ‘dreams come true’ after 33rd and final Test century

• Cook makes 147 in fifth Test against India• ‘To top it off with a score here is just incredible’In the end there was time for one last Chef special. On an emotional fourth day at the Kia Oval one of England’s greatest cricketers, Alastair Cook, signe…

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A Viking farewell for Alastair Cook, England’s unflashy seducer of the crowds | Barney Ronay

Alastair Cook is a genuine sporting great, a genius at the hard art of unshowy resistance – it is hard to think of another English player who has had a goodbye quite like thisIn France they call it an English Goodbye, the kind of goodbye where a guest …

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Alastair Cook makes farewell century as England take control of fifth Test

• Fifth Test, day four: England 332 & 423-8dec; India 292 & 58-3• Anderson draws level with Glenn McGrath on 563 Test wicketsThe Oval was the place to be. For those who crave records, and cricket fans tend to like them, they came and went with …

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England could rest Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad on Sri Lanka trip

• England assistant Paul Farbrace confirms tactical option• If they don’t play every game, then so be it, he saysThe loss of Alastair Cook’s experience for this winter’s tour to Sri Lanka has strengthened the case for Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad be…

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Alastair Cook’s final stand epitomises his determination at the crease

England’s record-breaking batsman survived a barrage of wicked deliveries in a trademark last innings for his country Related: Alastair Cook in control for England after fresh Keaton Jennings flop When the 10th wicket fell, almost no one moved at all. …

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Alastair Cook’s final stand epitomises his determination at the crease

England’s record-breaking batsman survived a barrage of wicked deliveries in a trademark last innings for his country Related: Alastair Cook in control for England after fresh Keaton Jennings flop When the 10th wicket fell, almost no one moved at all. …

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Alastair Cook in control for England after fresh Keaton Jennings flop

• Fifth Test day three: England 332 and 114-2; India 292• Cook unbeaten, on 46, in final innings of his Test careerThis Test is a slow burner, which may well ignite come Tuesday night but in the meantime there have been enough subplots to keep us all d…

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Alastair Cook was a constant in cricket’s ever-changing world | Ali Martin

The retiring England opener had his moments in one-day cricket but always put the Test game firstWhen Alastair Cook made his Test debut against India, following a 10,000-mile dash from the Caribbean to Nagpur as an 11th-hour replacement for the stricke…

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Alastair Cook was a constant in cricket’s ever-changing world | Ali Martin

The retiring England opener had his moments in one-day cricket but always put the Test game firstWhen Alastair Cook made his Test debut against India, following a 10,000-mile dash from the Caribbean to Nagpur as an 11th-hour replacement for the stricke…