He has gone on to play 154 Tests to date, and has an average of 47.02, a great effort for an opening bat. The highpoint of his career was away in Australia in 2010/11, when he scored 766 runs as England won the Ashes Down Under for the first time in 24 years.
Cook, resigned as England Captain in 2017, but was already established as England’s highest Test runscorer, having surpassed his great mentor with England and Essex, Graham Gooch, on a chilly day at Headingley against New Zealand in 2015.
After retiring from International cricket in September 2018 after hitting a century against India at the Oval in his final match, Cook has played a pivotal role in the recent success. He was the Club’s leading red-ball run-scorer in 2019 (1,063) and 2020 (563) en route to trophy wins in the Championship and Bob Willis Trophy.