Alistair+Cook+announces+retirement+from+Intl.+cricket
Monday, 03 September 2018 - 19:39
Alistair Cook announces retirement from Intl. cricket
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Alastair Cook has announced he will retire from international cricket after the Oval Test against India.
 
Cook, the sixth highest run-scorer in the history of Test cricket, is only 33-years-old but, after a grim run of form which has seen him average just 18.62 in nine Tests this year, he has decided to end what has been an increasingly painful struggle.
 
The decision is not a huge surprise. While Cook looked a little better technically during the fourth Test, in Southampton, he suffered two lapses - a dab to the slips in the first innings and a loose drive in the second - that suggested his famed powers of concentration were not what they used to be.
 
Underlining the sense that he has been a player in decline for some time, his Test average dropped below 45 for the first time since 2010 during the game.
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