Alastair Cook had considered retiring from England duty for the last six months before finally announcing the end of his international career.
The 33-year-old, England’s record run-scorer, had been pondering the move for most of the year and eventually made the decision ahead of last week’s fourth Test with India, where his country secured a series win. “It’s hard to put it into words but over the last six months there have been mentally tough and had that edge to everything I’ve done and that edge had kind of gone.”
Cook informed certain Joe Root before the game and head coach Trevor Bayliss while it was going on, but the rest of the squad found out in a beer-fuelled emotional speech afterward. “I told Rooty before the game and then told Trevor during the game,” Cook said.
“I was a couple of beers in, which I needed to be, otherwise I would have cried more than I actually did. I managed to hold it together.
“At the end of the game I said, It might be good news, it might be sad for others but it’s time and I have done my bit. I will play one more game.
“There was a little bit of silence, then Mo (Ali) said something, everybody laughed and then it was forgotten about.”
From Online Sources