Essex County Cricket Club have been handed a huge boost with the news that opening batter, Alastair Cook, has put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension.
The 36-year-old will now remain with Essex until the conclusion of the 2023 season. The former England captain made 161 Test appearances, scoring a record 12,472 runs – averaging 45.35.
Cook is England’s most-capped captain, having skippered on 59 occasions, while he also leads the way for his country with an impressive 33 centuries.
Adding an array of domestic honours with Essex, Essex Head Coach, Anthony McGrath, expressed his delight in securing Cook’s services for an extended period: “It’s great news that Cooky has committed his future to the club,” he told www.essexcricket.org.uk.
“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.
“He’s also a great role model 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.”
Meanwhile, Cook added: “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 is hopefully another successful couple of years.”
Essex Cricket chief executive, John Stephenson, was also enthusiastic, explaining: “Alastair is a vital part of the team and has been imperative to the success that the club has achieved in recent years.
“We want to continue to challenge for the major honours and Alastair shares that hunger and passion. He’s been there and done it all and won near enough everything there is to win, so having that talent and experience in the squad will certainly help us compete in 2022 and beyond.”