OB Alastair Cook CBE (98-03) will go down as England’s greatest-ever batsman when he retires from Test cricket at the end of this summer. He will do so having scored more runs, more centuries and more half-centuries than any other player from these shores in history. He is also England’s most-capped player in Test matches.

Alastair Cook, who joined Bedford School as a Music Scholar from St Paul’s Cathedral School where he was a chorister, announced his retirement on Monday 3 September 2018. Here are just some of his incredible achievements:

  • Captain for 161 Tests – more than any other England Captain.
  • Ashes victories in 2009, 2010-11, and as Captain in 2013 and 2015.
  • Captain for 92 One Day Internationals – another England record.
  • First player to score a century at every Australian Test ground: 116 Perth 2006, 235* Brisbane 2010, 148 Adelaide 2010, 189 Sydney 2011 and 244* Melbourne 2017
  • Youngest player (from any country) to score 7,000, 8,000, 9,000, 10,000 and 11,000 runs in Test cricket.
  • Youngest Englishman to score 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000 and 6,000 Test runs.
  • Most Test centuries by England skipper, surpassing Graham Gooch’s record of 11.
  • England’s most capped player in Tests, surpassing Alec Stewart’s record of 134.
  • First England cricketer to be involved in 50 Test wins.
  • Most Test runs for England (broke the record at 8,901 runs).
  • First captain worldwide to score a century in first five Tests.
  • Most Test centuries for England (broke the record at 23 centuries).
  • England’s record partnership in Australia, world record partnership and innings at The Gabba (329 with Jonathan Trott, 235 not out).
  • Only Englishman (second worldwide) to score 1,000 runs in maiden year.

Alastair has been, and continues to be, a true inspiration to everyone at Bedford School. He is, without doubt, a shining example of true sportsmanship, great leadership, personal fortitude and conviction. We are so proud of him and all that he has achieved.

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