Former England skipper Alastair Cook has signed a two-year deal with Essex County Cricket Club and will allow the player to stay until 2023.
Essex County Cricket Club on Wednesday announced that Cook will stay till the end their 2023 domestic season.
The 36-year-old is England’s highest run scorer in test cricket. In 161 matches, Cook has smashed 12472 runs at an average of 45.35. He is England’s most capped test captain (59) and also holds the record for most number of test centuries for England (33).
With Essex he has won the County Championship in 2019 and the Bob Willis Trophy in 2020.
“I have really enjoyed my cricket here at Essex since my international retirement. We are lucky to have a fantastic dressing room and great coaching staff, led brilliantly by Anthony McGrath, and I’m looking forward to what hopefully will be another successful couple of years,” Cook said in a statement.
Essex head coach Anthony McGrath has said that Cook is still in great touch and can change the result of the game anytime. He added that the 36-year-old is a role model for many youngsters.
“It’s great news that Cooky has committed his future to the club. Alastair is still one of the best batters in the world and he’s so important for us both on and off the field.
“He has the ability to take the game away from the opponents in both red-ball and white-ball cricket, and that’s something every head coach wants in their team,” McGrath said in his statement.
“He’s also a great role model for the younger lads coming through and has a wealth of knowledge that all the players in our dressing room, including the senior pros, tap into from time to time,” he added.
Alastair Cook retired for international cricket in 2018 after the India series at home.