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  1. #81
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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Can't really say he had a choice, he was most definitely going to be dropped after the series and i am sure the selectors may have told him privately that they were looking to move on.
    But I'm pretty sure many Asian cricketers would have still hung around like a bad smell.



  2. #82
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    Conquered England.

    Conquered Australia.

    Conquered India.

    One of the best openers ever.

    Farewell champ.


    I am not one of you. I never was. I am not one of them either.

  3. #83
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    Outside his great achievements with the bat,he was also one of the nicest blokes to have played the game. An inspiration for everyone out there.

    A true fighter of the game and a champion player.

  4. #84
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    Will he join the Sky commentary panel?

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  6. #86
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    The last opener in world cricket who had the ability to play proper test cricket and go really big when set. With the retirement of Cook and the decline of Amla, cricket will finally wake up to the damage T20 cricket has done to test cricket in the long run.

    Magnificent career and truly an English legend. His unbelievable knocks in India and Australia in that 2011-2012 period were instrumental in making England number one in test cricket. Hats off and best of luck.

  7. #87
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    Quote Originally Posted by Usman Chadda View Post
    The last opener in world cricket who had the ability to play proper test cricket and go really big when set. With the retirement of Cook and the decline of Amla, cricket will finally wake up to the damage T20 cricket has done to test cricket in the long run.
    Are you sure about that

  8. #88
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    Quote Originally Posted by babajee View Post
    Are you sure about that
    Azhar is the closest to the two, but has had consistency issues lately.

  9. #89
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    One of the great Test openers of all time. People often underestimate how difficult his role was - opening the batting in Test cricket in England is the toughest job in the game.
    Certainly has been true during the current series in England, where both Indian openers have failed repeatedly and have not been able to protect the later batsmen. Really wish we found another opener like Gavaskar, who ended his career with an away average higher than his home average.

  10. #90
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    I think this retirement is a tad premature. Yes he’s had a lean run and yes he’s under pressure with family commitment also playing a part. But honestly taking a break for a year or so isn’t a bad thing and returning when he’s ready if he can still command a place based on domestic performance. I think in a year England will still not have a good enough replacement.

    A tour to UAE will help get his average back up over 50.

  11. #91
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    There were a couple of years from the Ashes triumph till the India tour when Cook was an absolute monster scoring runs by the ton and was arguably the best batsman in the world. He never quite reached that level of performance again but overall that's an excellent career!

  12. #92
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    Truly a wonderful player. Sadly I think last of a dying breed.
    Opening in England, where the balls moves around so much, is a real challenge. To have averaged almost 45 in these conditions is a testament to his skill.

  13. #93
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    Sad he didn't leave when he was performing well. Sometimes players fool themselves into believing they are still good enough. I don't think he was selfish, just determined.

    Even if he had left earlier, it probably would not have made any difference. England cupboard is bare at the top of the order. Maybe that would have given time to check out Bairstow or someone else as openers a bit earlier.

    But really, all evidence points this is just the right time for Cook to go.

  14. #94
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    Congratulations Cook for having a wonderful career.

    A great batsman and a true gentleman of the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    One of the great Test openers of all time. People often underestimate how difficult his role was - opening the batting in Test cricket in England is the toughest job in the game. To do what he did so successfully for over 120-130 Tests requires exceptional class and dedication. The fact that England have not produced an opener since his debut who has been good enough to do the job for more than a couple of years exemplifies his quality.

    He has been quite ordinary in his last 30-40 Tests, but he still managed to show glimpses of his pedigree. However, his achievements tower over the successes of many cricketers. Not many players can boast of destroying Australia and India on their turf like he did in 2010-2011 and 2012, and although his record as captain was not great, he still managed Test series wins in India and South Africa.

    He is the most high-achieving English player in modern cricket, and few openers have had better careers in 150 years of Test cricket.

    Those who say that he is not a great of the game because of XYZ cherry-picked stats do not understand cricket. There is no one path to greatness - every career has a different story, and a record-breaking career like Cook's deserves all the recognition and adulation.
    Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that he never got to the #1 ranking for even a single day in his entire test career, was extremely boring to watch with zero charisma, and an extremely poor LOs cricketer.

  16. #96
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    One of the best openers ever and my favorite england batsmen after KP. Will Never forget his resilient 190 (I might be wrong on the number but it was a last inning 100 & a very defiant one) something in the first test match in india 2012 series. That inning build the momentum & inspired the other senior bats to score runs in the series.

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    Playing a classic top order hand here in what will be either his penultimate or his final innings. Gone past 50 now.

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    Amazing cricketer for England. A true fighter.

  20. #100
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    Sad to see him leave. It feels like he and Anderson have been playing for England forever.

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    Felt after the 2012 India series, he could never really dominate any series or even play any back-to-wall inning, which prevents him from being an ATG.

    Nevertheless, alongside KP, two of England's greatest ever modern-day batsmen to have played the game.

  22. #102
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    The one time the top order stands up and then the middle/lower order bottles it.

    I know Cook in general has been poor this year, but I'm not sure what England are going to do. It seems more likely that a guy who is just 33 who is an England great to come back to form given his great record, and the fact he average over 40 every year since 2015 except 2018 even though people were doubting him then. The other openers don't look like they can even average 30.

    Before completely packing it in, maybe it was worth trying him down the order. There's not a single big innings player in the team, Root packs it in after the 50. England's top (and even middle order) just looks so dire atm, and Cook leaving doesn't seem it's going to strengthen the side when the alternatives atm aren't great.

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    Gutted for cookie - was rooting for a century yesterday...

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    Sad to see another quality cricketer retire in their early 30s. Has had a forgettable year with the bat but he's too good of a player not to fight through it. Any ways congrats to Cook on a stellar career and all the best.

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    Cook in talks for swift move to commentary box

    LONDON: Alastair Cook is understood to be considering an offer to try his hand at commentary early next year.
    ESPNcricinfo understands that Cook, who is retiring from Test cricket at the end of the current match against India at The Oval, is in talks with TalkSport to join their commentary team for England’s tour of the Caribbean at the start of 2019.

    TalkSport gave notice of their ambition earlier this year by winning the audio rights for England’s series in Sri Lanka and the Caribbean over the season of 2018-19.

    Mark Nicholas, Darren Gough, David Lloyd and Jarrod Kimber are understood to be part of the commentary team at various stages of winter.

    It is also believed TalkSport are likely to be awarded the rights for England’s tour of South Africa in 2019-20, with the BBC retaining the rights to the tour of New Zealand that precedes it. The BBC has also won a long-term deal to broadcast the Ashes - men’s and women’s - and ICC events. No final decision has yet been made on Cook’s involvement but the early interest does suggest he will not struggle for opportunities in his post-playing career.

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  26. #106
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    Should stay away from talksport. Hope Sky Sports recruit him.

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    Cooks final test innings. Wow can remember waking up to watch his debut innings and now I'm watching his final test innings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Cooks final test innings. Wow can remember waking up to watch his debut innings and now I'm watching his final test innings.
    Me too! End of an era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Me too! End of an era.
    One of the very few left of a dying breed. The old fashion test match player. Sad day.

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    In this match he has played very well.

    I respect his decision to retire completely - he knows himself best - but arggggghhhh is he going a bit too early?

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    50 runs will take his average to 45 and 76 runs will take him past Sangakkara.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    In this match he has played very well.

    I respect his decision to retire completely - he knows himself best - but arggggghhhh is he going a bit too early?
    Wonder if he let the pressure get to him, and finally is playing without pressure, and looks good.

    That said, he said he had nothing left in the tank. He's played 13 tests per year. When you think about it, with preparation and all, he's spent 25% of the year just playing tests and preparing for them. That must be draining.

    In contrast, even Anderson has played around 10 tests per year. That's almost a month per year better.

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    A great test batsman and England's best of the modern era. Deserves a century in his final innings.


    لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ الله

  34. #114
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    Still good enough to play Test cricket - always the sign of a guy who isn't selfish or desperate to hang onto his place.



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    Wish Indian brothers, sisters and others good luck, but I hope Alastair scores 100

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    iA he gets a hundred before bowing out


    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    50 runs will take his average to 45 and 76 runs will take him past Sangakkara.
    If he can score another 15,016 runs without getting out, he'll end with a better average than Bradman.

    But if he gets out, he'll need to make another 15,116.

    Tricky.


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    Alastair Cook has overtaken Kumar Sangakkara to become the fifth highest-scoring Test batsman


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    100 in his final innings. Well done Cook.

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    Cook. An absolute legend. Superb career. Will be sorely missed.

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    Reverse your decision Alastair! lol

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    A truly remarkable way to sign off a legendary career. This was most certainly written in the stars.

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    What a fitting way for Cook to play his last innings for England. Deserves an average of 45+ and will surely end his last game as MOTM - unless if India chase whatever target they're set.

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    Brilliant batting by Cook, a class apart from anyone in the England team.

    Happy to see him go with hopefully a match winning century.

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    What a way to finish. Good luck in retirement Alistair.

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    My other side wants him to don't retire now. He's just 33.

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    I have a feeling he'll be back. Maybe after the tour of Sri Lanka. He'll want to sign off after winning another Ashes at home and as we have seen in this match, Cook is still one of the two best openers in England.

    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    If he can score another 15,016 runs without getting out, he'll end with a better average than Bradman.

    But if he gets out, he'll need to make another 15,116.

    Tricky.
    Legendary response.

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    Good bye chef.

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    What a fantastic ovation he receivedal after getting that hundred. Deserved too.

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    Good bye Chef. Your last meal was a perfect illustration of the career you had.

    Grit, determination, patience. England will miss Cook.

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    Stellar career he had.
    One coincidence: Hanuma Vihari was making a debut while Cook was saying good bye.
    And Vihari took the wicket of Cook as well. So a debutant took the wicket of a very fine player playing his last innings
    What a coincidence!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilal7 View Post
    I have a feeling he'll be back. Maybe after the tour of Sri Lanka. He'll want to sign off after winning another Ashes at home and as we have seen in this match, Cook is still one of the two best openers in England.



    Legendary response.
    He is not Pakistani, he won’t be back. Not sure what was the point of Abdullah719’s post though. Was it humor or sarcasm.

    Whatever it was, it was out of character. It is not bad to be out of character at times though.

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    A fifty and a hundred on his Test debut to a fifty and a hundred in his last Test. Couldn't have scripted it any better I don't think. Quality bat and seems like a decent bloke as well no ego. Deserves all the accolades all the best to him.

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    If he played for another 4 years he would have broken Tendulkar.Though ifs and but ,I am sure

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    Gonna miss his big shuffle across the stumps and beautiful ways of snicking off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    He is not Pakistani, he won’t be back. Not sure what was the point of Abdullah719’s post though. Was it humor or sarcasm.

    Whatever it was, it was out of character. It is not bad to be out of character at times though.
    Light humour bro.

    Nice to see Cook finish with an average in excess of 45, the margins are small but they make a difference down the line.


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    I was watching at home when Cook got his century and that was just an amazing moment, I got goosebumps, there was a delay in play such was the applause. I had to go out afterwards but I recorded it as I wanted to see the live moment he got out. Got more goosebumps, felt surreal. Alastair Cook, what a man.

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    Judged man of the match in his Last Test!


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