India vs England 5th Test Oval: Former English cricketer David Lloyd does not want Alastair Cook to play the fifth Test at Kennington Oval. Cook confirmed that he would retire after the fifth Test. Now that England has already won the series, Lloyd wants England to give a newcomer a go. Llyod tweeted on this subject, where he said that the ”tank is empty”. His post read, “A Cook has been a wonderful player for England .. a rock .. he says , “ the tank is empty” Can’t personally see why he plays at the Oval .. get the new chap in immediately.”
The statement apparently did not go down well with fans who feel the veteran opener deserves a proper farewell Test. Here is what they said.
Cook has scored 12,254 runs in 160 Tests in the England shirt at an impressive average of close to 45. He has also slammed 32 centuries in whites, which is also an all-time English record.
“There is nothing left in the tank,” said Cook, who captained his country in a record 59 Tests.
“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 in a statement on Monday.
“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. 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.”
“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.”
“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,” Cook added.