1. Alastair Cook was 33 when he retired after 161 Tests; Joe Denly, the latest pick at the top of the order, will begin his Test career today only a year younger.
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2. Alastair Cook has another new opening partner, Mark Stoneman, and he's out the same way.
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3. Alastair Cook was allowed to miss a tour game in Bangladesh to be present at the birth of the second child, Isabelle, on 13 October 2016.
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4. Alastair Cook used his skill with the saxophone to contribute to Freefonix, a CBBC animated series with music-based adventures.
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9. Alastair Cook made 75 in England's first innings as they posted 350 to equal New Zealand's first innings score.
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18. Alastair Cook was appointed captain of the Test team after fellow opener Andrew Strauss's retirement on 29 August 2012.
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30. In 2009, Alastair Cook modeled naked alongside fellow cricketers James Anderson and Stuart Broad to help raise awareness for testicular cancer on behalf of the Everyman Campaign.
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32. Alastair Cook married his childhood sweetie Alice Hunt in on 31 December 2011.
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34. At the age of 19, in 2005, Alastair Cook made a double century against a touring Australia side whose bowling attack was led by Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie.
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43. In December 2011, Alastair Cook married Alice Hunt, whom he had known since childhood.
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44. Alastair Cook has donated his time to various charities including taking part in The Great City Race for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and modelled naked alongside fellow cricketers James Anderson and Stuart Broad to help raise awareness for testicular cancer on behalf of the Everyman Campaign.
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45. Alastair Cook has written a column in The Daily Telegraph and Metro.
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48. In the first Test against Bangladesh, Alastair Cook scored 4 in the first innings and then made 12 in the second.
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49. On 22 July 2016, Alastair Cook equalled Don Bradman's record of having hit 29 Test centuries when he scored 105 on the opening day of the 2nd Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford.
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50. In the first Test against Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook could only make 16 but England went on to win the match by an innings and 88 runs.
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51. In the Test series against South Africa, Alastair Cook made a duck in the first innings of the first Test, but England recovered to post 303.
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57. On 19 December 2014, Alastair Cook was removed as one-day captain, and replaced by Eoin Morgan.
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58. Alastair Cook continued to struggle for form in the Test series against Sri Lanka, scoring 17 and 28 as England drew the game.
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59. Alastair Cook continued in his role as captain for the home series against Sri Lanka.
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63. Alastair Cook made 59 against Sri Lanka, but England lost the game meaning they were not assured of their place in the next round.
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67. On 6 December 2012, Alastair Cook became England's leading scorer of centuries after making a hundred against India in Kolkata.
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68. On 29 August 2012, Alastair Cook became England's Test captain after previous Test captain Andrew Strauss retired from all forms of cricket.
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74. In his first Test as captain in Chittagong, Alastair Cook led the team to a win, despite a strong rearguard from Bangladesh, with the top score in both innings.
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78. For his debut match at Lord's, Alastair Cook was shuffled down to third to make way for the returning Trescothick.
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81. Alastair Cook is a keen musician: by the age of eight he was learning the clarinet and joined St Paul's Cathedral School in London, an independent school connected to the cathedral, as a chorister, where he boarded under a rigorous schedule of rehearsals.
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89. Alastair Cook was lauded as England's "greatest ever player" by former opening partner Andrew Strauss during his final Test before international retirement.
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90. Alastair Cook dubbed 'England's greatest player ever' by former opening partner Andrew Strauss.
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