One of the most successful batsmen of the England Cricket Team, and the most prominent batsman of the modern age, is none other than Alastair Cook. Over the past few years, he has scored 17 centuries, and two double centuries. During his debut in Nagpur Cricket Stadium, 2006, against India, he became the 5th England cricketer to have gained a fifty (he scored 60 in first innings) and a century (he scored 104 in his second innings) in his test debut, making him the youngest Englishman to score a hundred.
He was appointed as the captain of England Cricket Team in August 2012, and won the title of ‘Wisden Cricketer of the year’ the same year and also in 2013 he won the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Test Captain.
Alastair Nathan Cook was born in 1984, on 25th December, to an engineer father Graham Cook, who was also a village cricketer and mother Stephanie Cook who was a teacher from Swansea. Although he was born in Gloucester a place in Gloucestershire, he was raised in London. Alastair has two brothers Laurence Cook and Adrian Cook.
He was a curious musician during his youth and started learning Clarinet at the age of eight. Cook married Alice Hunt, who is a model, in 2012. The couple has two kids together.
Cook entered the St Paul’s Cathedral School, in London. It was a school attached to a cathedral, where he joined as a chorister and went through rigorous rehearsal schedule.
He used to play cricket for Maldon Cricket Club during his summer breaks. Soon after which at barely was performing in the Third XI of the Club’s adult side. He played for them for a little over seven years.
Cook’s love for music led him to gain a scholarship in Bedford School, a boy’s school in the Bedford’s county town. However his music career soon faded away, when his passion for cricket ignited and he started playing for Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) where a visiting side drafted him, and he ended up scoring a century.
Alastair Cook Net Worth
The left handed batsman has been playing since the age of 13, and has done nothing but bring money and fame to his name. Considered as one of the highest paid cricketers in England, the former Captain Cook makes $850,000 with his basic salary, and earned $300,000 extra for guiding the team under his captaincy. The net worth of this cricketer is estimated to be worth $10.5 million US dollars as of 2017.
Being a Philanthropist, he actively engages with various charitable organizations, including Breakthrough Breast Cancer and David Randall Foundation. In 2014 he contributed most of his year’s benefits to Randall Foundation.
He also bared it all, by posing nude with fellow cricketers Stuart Broad and James Anderson for Everyman Campaign, which was working to spread awareness for testicular cancer. He also takes initiative in writing and has written columns in Metro and The Daily Telegraph.
He also explored with his initial love for music and contributes his saxophone playing skills to Freefonix, music based animated adventure series made by CBBC.
Alastair resigned this month from the captaincy of the England Test team after playing 59 matches with the team, claiming it to be the right decision, yet felt it to be a ‘sad day’.
Joe Root was the next favorite that might be considered fit for the role but ultimately Eoin Morgan was selected for the role of captain. Cook became the captain of the team in 2012 and led the team to glory by winning in Indian and South Africa in 2013 and 2015.
He feels honored to have played with the England’s Team and wishes to continue to play as a Test player, in order to be a contribute to the cricket world.
The former Captain, of the team is sure one of the best cricketer in the England Cricket team and has left an imprint with his bowling as well as refined batting skills. He left captaincy at the hike of his career, and will be remembered for the years he has given to the team by helping them win against Indian and South Africa in 2013 and 2015.