Former England captain and top run scorer Alastair Cook is to receive a knighthood in the New Years honour list.

He will become the first English cricketer to be knighted since Sir Ian Botham in 2007. Cook will be knighted for his services to cricket and will be the tenth England cricketer to receive this honour.

Cook scored 12,472 Test runs, and more hundreds than any Englishman before him, he also led England to a record 59 Tests.

Alastair Cook has given so much to English cricket and I’m delighted that he has received this honour. It’s a fitting tribute to a man who has led with distinction on and off the pitch ever since he made his England debut” – Colin Graves, ECB Chairman