While the English opening batsman Alastair Cook is going to finish his international cricket career in next seven days, former World Cup-winning Australian captain (2015) Michael Clarke has claimed that Cook deserves to get more credit for what he has done.
On last Monday (September 3), Cook has announced to retire from the international cricket after appearing in the last Test of five-match home Test against India, starting from this Friday (September 7) at The Oval (London).
After making his debut for England in 2006, Cook has played 160 Tests, 92 ODIs and four T20Is. Though his successes in the limited-overs cricket are very limited, Cook has achieved numerous successes in Test cricket.
While the left-handed batsman has scored a total of 3,265 runs in his limited-overs career, he has scored 12,254 runs in Test cricket with the average of 44.88, including 32 centuries and 56 half-centuries. His highest Test innings knock is 294 against India at Birmingham in 2011.
Former Australian captain Michael Clarke calls Cook as a gentleman and a great ambassador for cricket.
According to News Corp Australia, Clarke spoke about Cook, “Alastair was a gentleman and a great ambassador for the game of cricket. I’ve always believed it’s not what you say, it’s what you do and he’s a great example of that. He wasn’t a big talker on or off the field but when he said something it was important, and that was the way he played.”
The former Aussie cricketer further added, “He was a fighter and he batted in what I believe is the toughest position in our game, opening the batting.”
Clarke believes that Cook has succeeded in all around the world and deserves to get more credit for his excellent work.
Clarke told, “He found a way to score runs in all conditions and that’s a sign of a great player, that he can adapt and find a way to be successful all around the world. He probably hasn’t received the credit he has deserved for being such a good player.”