England vs India 2018: Alastair Cook Offered to Retire Before the Oval Test: Reports
England batsman, Alastair Cook was offered to retire before the final Test match against India as he had lost his edge and having a poor run of form while leading up to the Oval Test in London.
However, Ed Smith, England Cricket Board’s (ECB) national selector asked Cook if he would be able to play another Test match. Cook also told Smith he was available to play one final game, if selected, before retiring from international cricket.
According to the Daily Sportsmail, the southpaw Cook replied that he could able to play the last Test. However, Ed Smith declared to the selection committee that Cook will play the final Test match.
Moreover, Cook has made 109 runs from the eight innings in the series against India. He was averaging only 15 and later admitted that he had lost his edge.
However, Cook was struggling to gets runs throughout the tournament. The Team India bowlers beat him in the early stages of the match.
Meanwhile, Alastair Cook responded with 71 in the first innings at The Oval. This is the highest Test score for Cook in 2018. Furthermore, he added 147 runs in the second innings against India.
Rory Burns, Joe Denly and James Vince are going to take part in November’s three-Test series in Sri Lanka. Along with that Keaton Jennings who is averaging 18 against India is expected to do something like Cook.
Cook includes his name with other four players who scored a century in their debut and last match. Interestingly, Cook scored his debut and last hundred both against India.
Cook scored his highest runs of 294 against India at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham way back in 2011.
The 33 years-old, left-hand batsman Alastair Cook played 161 matches for England. However, he scored 12,472 runs in his career scoring 33 centuries and 57 half centuries. He started off his Test career against India before bowing out on high against the same opposition while featuring in the Oval Test.