England's Alastair Cook being congratulated by India's Virat Kohli after losing his wicket. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters
England's Alastair Cook being congratulated by India's Virat Kohli after losing his wicket. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters
England's Alastair Cook walks off after losing his final wicket for England. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters
England's Alastair Cook walks off after losing his final wicket for England. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters

LONDON – Factbox on England opening batsman Alastair Cook who will retire from international cricket after the fifth test against India. 

Matches 

(Innings. Runs Higest Score Average 100 50 Tests) 

161 291 12,472 294 45.35 33 57 

ODIs 

92 92 3,204 137 36.41 5 19 

T20Is 

4 4 61 61 15.25 0 0 

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* Born Dec. 25, 1984, in Gloucester, England. 

* The left-hander hit an unbeaten 104 on his test debut against India at Nagpur in 2006, and made his one-day international debut against Sri Lanka the same year. 

* Scored 766 runs in seven innings in the 2010-11 Ashes tour to seal England's first series win in Australia for 24 years. 

* Made 294 against India in 2011, his highest test score, and was named the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Test Cricketer of the Year. 

* Succeeded Andrew Strauss as England ODI skipper in 2011 and as test captain in 2012. 

 Fans applaud England's Alastair Cook as he walks off after his final innings as a batsman. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters
Fans applaud England's Alastair Cook as he walks off after his final innings as a batsman. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters

* Scored his 23rd century in 2012, against India, to break the record for most test tons for England. Became the youngest to pass 7,000 test runs and was named one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year. 

* Led England to the final of the 2013 Champions Trophy, losing to India. He lost the one-day captaincy and a place in the 2015 World Cup squad due to poor form. 

* Captained England to a 3-0 home Ashes win in 2013, but a 5-0 whitewash Down Under led to criticism of his captaincy. 

* Passed Graham Gooch's 8,900-run tally during the 2015 series against New Zealand to become England's leading run scorer in tests. 

 * Led England to a surprise 3-2 Ashes win in 2015, and was named captain of the ICC's test team of the year. 

* Ended 2015 as the year's third-highest test run scorer with 1,364 at an average of 54.56. 

* In 2016, became the first English batsman and 12th player from any country to score 10,000 runs in test matches. 

Alastair Cook in action for England on Monday. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters
Alastair Cook in action for England on Monday. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters

* Stepped down as England test captain in February, 2017 after a 4-0 series loss in India at the end of 2016. 

* Led England in 59 tests, more than any of his predecessors. *Is England's most prolific test batsman, with 12,472 runs in 161 matches. Became the fifth-highest scorer in the format on Monday, overtaking Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara (12,400). 

* Announced last week that he would retire after the fifth test against India at The Oval. After scoring 71 in the first innings, he signed off in style with 147 in his final knock.