There’s nothing left in the tank” – Alastair Cook

English cricket’s most prominent batsman has called time on his elastrious career. The shock announcement came just after midday on Monday.

Cook (33) will play his last match for the Three Lions against India at the Oval, a game that will see him make his 161st appearance for England.

The former England captain holds a number of records for his country, he currently holds most Test runs by an Englishman – 12,254 with a batting average of 44.88. Cook is England’s most-capped player and has captained the team in an English record 59 Tests and 69 ODIs.

After much thought and deliberation over the last few months Cook decided to announce his retirement from international cricket at the end of this Test series against India.

“Although it is a sad day, I can do so with a big smile on my face knowing I have given everything and there is nothing left in the tank. I have achieved more than I could have ever imagined and feel very privileged to have played for such a long time alongside some of the greats of the English game.” – said Cook