England vs India, 5th Test: Brett Lee Congratulates Alastair Cook on His Wonderful Career
Former Australian speedster Brett Lee has congratulated former England skipper Alastair Cook on an incredible career which will officially end on September 11 (Tuesday) after lasting 12 years. It was a fitting end to his career as the ‘Chef’ called by most of his teammates made a memorable 147 in his farewell Test innings against India at The Oval in London.
It was a great knock by the opening batsman Cook who was eventually dismissed by young star Hanuma Vihari just three runs short of a well deserved 150.
Meanwhile taking to his Twitter handle, Brett Lee said it was a privilege to play against Cook.
“Thanks for the memories Cookie @englandcricket A class act! It certainly was a pleasure to play against you #farmer #greatbloke,” Lee wrote.
It was indeed a fitting end to one of the most exceptional careers for any English cricketer.
— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) September 10, 2018
Alastair Cook will rank his 147 highly:
Cook will definitely rank as one of the finest openers of all time. Though his average might not be in the high 50’s but he has got more than 12,400 runs. During his knock of 14, Cook also became the 5th highest run-scorer in the history of Test cricket. He was very composed during the major portion of his splendid knock.
He was tamed hardly by the Indian bowlers. Eventually, he reached his 33rd and final Test century as the visiting team conceded an unlikely overthrow. Vihari dismissed Cook in the end as he attempted a square cut. The crowd and the Indian players gave him a standing ovation as he walked out of the ground for the one final time. He ended his career with 12,472 runs at an impressive average of 45.35.
Meanwhile coming back to the Test match, hosts England are in an entirely commanding position. Courtesy centuries from Alastair Cook and Joe Root, England posted a mammoth 423 on the board to give India a target of 464 runs.
Earlier we have witnessed a lot between Brett Lee and Alastair Cook. It will be a huge task for India to make a match out of it and limit the series to 3-1 against England.