Known for his true gentleman-like behaviour on and off the field, former England captain Alastair Cook for the last time will take the centre stage in England shirt against India during the fifth and final Test at the Kennington Oval, starting on September 7. Rated as one of the greatest batsmen to ever represent England, Cook has always been seen or admired as for his zen-like focus and steely determination which sets him apart from his contemporaries.
But, not many would know that the 33-year old Cook, who garnered immense appreciation and accolades for his batsmanship all around the world also had a hidden artist inside him. Yes, you heard it right, apart from his batting – the veteran England opener also had a hobby of painting nude women models.
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Married to Alice Hunt, Cook has been blessed with two beautiful daughters and is also an extremely devoted family man. However, his weird hobby of painting nude women bodies hasn’t really gone down with his shy image.
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On Monday, Cook surprised everyone when he announced that he will retire from international cricket after the fifth Test against India.
“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 was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
“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,” the 33-year-old added.
Cook has amassed 12,254 Test runs and 32 Test centuries 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.
However, his form has waned in recent times, and despite scoring double hundreds against the West Indies and Australia within the last year, he has averaged less than 35 since giving up the captaincy at the end of 2016, a move many expected to rejuvenate him.
“I have achieved more than I could have ever imagined and feel very privileged to have played for such a long time alongside some of the greats of the English game. The thought of not sharing the dressing room, again, with some of my teammates was the hardest part of my decision, but I know the timing is right,” he said.
“I have loved cricket my whole life from playing in the garden as a child and will never underestimate how special it is to pull on an England shirt. So I know it is the right time to give the next generation of young cricketers their turn to entertain us and feel the immense pride that comes with representing your country,” the former England captain added.
(With Quotes from Agencies)