Alastair Cook: Former England captain to become first cricketer knighted since Ian Botham in 2007

Alastair Cook, the former England captain, is set to receive a knighthood in the New Year Honours list, according to reports

The Times say Cook will be recognised for his contribution to cricketer as he becomes the first England player to be knighted since Ian Botham in 2007.

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Cook signed off his England career with a century against India

Cook, whose 34th birthday is on Christmas Day, scored 33 centuries and a total of 12,472 runs in 161 Tests, with each of those statistics standing as England records. He is the fifth-highest Test run scorer of all time.

He signed off in fairytale fashion in September when, batting for the last time before retiring from international cricket, he scored a century against India at The Oval.

Cook, who remains an Essex player, made his Test debut in 2006 against India in Nagpur and also registered a century in that match.

He went on to win the Ashes four times, twice as captain.

Cook plans to spend more time on his family farm following his retirement from the international game, having admitted he has ‘nothing left in the tank’.

He said after his final century: “The timing is right. This has been an 18-month process. I started noticing things in my game and preparation were missing. That edge isn’t there.”

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