Former England skipper Alastair Cook, who will be drawing curtains on his international cricketing career after the fifth and final Test of the ongoing five-match series against India, has revealed his all-time playing XI. Also Read - Virat Kohli Credits Sachin Tendulkar, Ravi Shastri For Helping Him to Become Top Test Batsman
Cook said that he picked those players that he has either played with or against with the exception of his mentor and England batting great Graham Gooch, whom he named as the captain of his all-time playing XI. The team, which has greats like Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting, AB de Villiers, however, does not feature any Indian name. The Playing XI also doesn’t include any Pakistani cricketer. Also Read - On This Day: Sourav Ganguly And Rahul Dravid Made Their Test Debuts vs England at Lord’s Cricket Ground
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“So Goochy is going to be my captain and opening the batting. He can open the batting with Mathew Hayden,” said the 33-year-old. He also said that either of Kumar Sangakkara or De Villiers can don the wicketkeeper’s gloves.
Cook’s All-Time XI: Graham Gooch (C), Matthew Hayden, Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting, AB de Villiers (WK), Kumar Sangakkara (WK), Jacques Kallis, Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, James Anderson and Glenn McGrath.
On Monday, Cook announced that England’s fifth Test against India that starts on September 7 at The Oval will be his last. “After much thought and deliberation over the last few months I have decided to announce my retirement from international cricket at the end of this Test series against India,” Cook said. “Although it is a sad day, I can do so with a big smile on my face knowing I have given everything and there is nothing left in the tank,” he added.
However, Cook will continue to play county cricket for Essex for the next three years.
The left-handed batsman has amassed 12,254 Test runs and 32 Test centuries from 160 Tests he has played so far. His final Test at The Oval will be his 159th consecutive game in the longest format, the longest such streak in all international cricket.