Alastair Cook is the highest run-scorer (12,472) for England in Test cricket with 33 centuries in 161 matches.

Alastair Cook, former England captain, who retired earlier this year from the international cricket, received the title of Queen Elizabeth II from headlining sporting personalities in the New Year Honours list. Cook, who is the highest run-scorer (12,472) for England in the longest format of the game with 161 runs in 33 centuries, is the first cricketer since the legendary all-rounder Ian Botham in 2007. The 34-year old His career ended with a century in his final match against India in September at the Oval despite being announced there was “nothing left in the tank”. “It’s a fitting tribute to a man who has led to distinction and off pitch every one since he made his England debut,” said Colin Graves, England and Wales Cricket Board. Along with Alastair Cook, former rugby captain Bill Beaumont also received knighthood. Beaumont – The World’s Rugby, the skippered England to the 1980s of the Five-Year Grand Slam as well as captaining the British and Irish Lions.

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