Former England captain Alastair Cook, who retired from international cricket in September 2018, has been knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.
The 34-year-old had an illustrious career for the England cricket team, amassing 15737 international runs across all formats of the game.
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“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, the ECB Chairman, said in a statement to Press Association Sport.
Cook is the highest run-scorer in England’s Test history and fifth on the all-time list. He became the first cricketer to be knighted after Sir Ian Botham in 2007.
Former England cricketer Enid Bakewell, who is considered to be one of the best all-rounders of all time, also received a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).