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Sir Alastair Cook

Sir Alastair Cook

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England’s highest ever Test run-scorer, Alastair Cook is statistically the best batsman in the nation’s history. His remarkable tally of 12,472 runs places him fifth on the list of highest ever Test run-scorers in the sport’s history. Also a former captain of his country, Alastair represented his country at the highest level for many years and continues to play for Essex in domestic cricket. Knighted for his services to cricket in 2019, alongside his cricket he also works as one of the most popular cricket speakers around, regularly wowing audiences with his fascinating anecdotes from a career at the very top.

When he was just 13, Alastair gained a place at boarding school in Bedford due to his musical talent. However, while he intended to pursue a musical career, he fell in love with cricket and quickly realised this was a career he wanted to embark on.

Having been part of Essex’s academy since the age of 16, in 2003 he made his debut for the team and it wasn’t long until he demonstrated his proficiency with the bat. Establishing himself as one of the team’s best players, he was selected for the first time for his country in 2006 during a Test match with India. Aged just 21, he made an instant impact scoring half a century in his first innings for his country. In just his first 12 months for England, he scored over 1,000 runs and quickly established himself as one of the best batsmen in the world. In 2009, he played a vital role as the team won the Ashes and as one of the most popular cricket speakers around, can discuss his international career at length.

In 2010 he was named England captain and in this role, he saw many highs but also experienced some crushing lows. The best depiction of this game was in the back-to-back Ashes Series in 2013 and 2014. The first, saw England win 3-2 as England added a third consecutive Ashes title to their name before they were humiliated 12 months later in a 5-0 whitewash. When booked as a cricket speaker, he can discuss how he coped in these low moments offering wonderful lessons that can be applied to all walks of life.

Other highlights as captain include winning against India for the first time since 1984-85, becoming his country’s leading Test run-scorer and equalling Allan Border’s record for appearing in the greatest number of consecutive Test matches with 153.

Alastair played his last England game in 2018, but continues to represent Essex in the domestic game.

One of the most recognisable cricket after-dinner speakers in the country, Sir Alastair Cook is a thoughtful and entertaining personality, perfect for all types of corporate and social occasions. To find out more about booking him for your next occasion, get in touch with Evolve today.

Topics and Themes

  • Cricket
  • Sporting Success
  • Leadership
  • Motivational

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