Alastair Cook: Ex-England captain scores century in first innings since Test retirement

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Alastair Cook: Ex-England captain scores century in first innings since Test retirement
Sir Alastair Cook scored 12,472 Test runs for England

Former England captain Alastair Cook made a century in his first innings since retiring from Test cricket while batting for Essex in a pre-season game.

Cook, 34, who was knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours list, scored his 64th first-class hundred against Cambridge MCCU at Fenner’s.

He reached his hundred before tea off 200 balls and was 150 not out when Essex declared on 387-5.

England’s record run-scorer bowed out in September with 147 against India.

Cook hit 21 boundaries off the student attack and shared a fourth-wicket stand of 217 with Adam Wheater, who made 130 off 162 balls, including three sixes.

The match is one of six three-day games being played by counties against university teams in preparation for the start of the 2019 County Championship season on 5 April.

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