Former England captain and legendary batter Alastair Cook is all set to retire from all forms of cricket at the conclusion of the 2023 County season, Daily Mail reported on Thursday.
Alastair Cook retired from international cricket in 2018, however, he continued to play county cricket for Essex, from where he started his first-class career back in 2003.
The 38-year-old southpaw has accumulated 26615 runs in first-class cricket so far in 350 matches, with the help of 74 hundred and 125 half-centuries.
He has scored 808 runs in the ongoing County season from 23 innings at an average of 36.72 with one century and three half-centuries.
“The former England captain will almost certainly retire next week at the end of a county season he still hopes will bring another Championship title for Essex,” the Daily Mail report states.
“The official news may come as early as Friday when Essex hope to complete their home season by defeating Hampshire to stay in the hunt for the title behind Surrey.”
The former England captain plans to spend more time with his family at the family farm and put more time into his new career in the media with BBC and TNT Sport.
Alastair Cook has enjoyed a highly decorated international career. He is England’s highest run scorer in Test cricket with 12472 runs at 45.35 with the help of 33 centuries and 57 half-centuries.
He is the fifth-highest run-scorer in the history of Test cricket and the highest among openers. His tally of 33 Test centuries is the seventh-highest in the format. Only Sunil Gavaskar has scored more hundreds as a Test opener (33) than Cook (31).