England legend Alastair Cook is reportedly planning to end his illustrious professional cricket career, with retirement expected at the conclusion of the current county cricket season next week.
At 38 years old, Cook aims to secure one final title with Essex before retiring from the sport. In this season, Cook has accumulated 808 runs in 23 innings, boasting an average of 36.72, including one century and three fifties.
According to the Daily Mail, he may make the formal announcement as soon as Friday, with a desire to depart quietly, avoiding any unnecessary attention.
However, Cook won't completely step away from cricket, as he intends to transition into the role of a cricket pundit. He has already been involved with Test Match Special on the BBC.
Throughout his remarkable career, he achieved significant milestones, such as leading England to Ashes victories against Australia and becoming England's all-time leading run-scorer, accumulating an impressive 12,472 runs in 162 Test matches. His contributions were pivotal in England's Ashes triumph in Australia in 2011, where he amassed an outstanding 766 runs over the five-Test series.
Cook retired from international cricket in 2018 following a dip in form, concluding his England career with a memorable score of 147 against India. This performance made him only the fifth batter to score a century in both their debut and final Test matches, as well as the second to achieve twin fifties in their initial and ultimate Test appearances. His efforts also played a crucial role in England's 4-1 series win over India.
After retiring from international duty, Cook remained an integral part of Essex County Cricket Club, becoming their leading run-scorer in 2019 and 2020. Earlier this year, he surpassed the remarkable milestone of 26,000 First-Class runs in his extensive career.