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Alastair Cook retires

Alastair Cook wanted to keep door ajar for Kevin Pietersen return

Sep 6, 2018: The former England captain gave more detail of the decision that rocked his career and reveals he hasn't spoken to Pietersen since

George Dobell

Alastair Cook retires

There will never be another Alastair Cook, says Joe Root

Sep 6, 2018: On the eve of his final Test, Alastair Cook was spoken of with great admiration by the man who took over from him as captain

George Dobell at The Oval

Alastair Cook retires

No second thoughts, says Alastair Cook, as he faces final curtain

Sep 5, 2018: England opener to continue his career with Essex but will not be persuaded back to Test cricket

George Dobell

Alastair Cook retires

How do you replace 12,000 Test runs?

Sep 5, 2018: England have struggled to find a partner for Alastair Cook for the last six years. Who can fill his shoes?

George Dobell

Alastair Cook retires

'I cried when I told my team-mates' - Alastair Cook's retirement press conference

Sep 5, 2018: Alastair Cook addressed a variety of issues, from mental strength to Kevin Pietersen to his future with Essex, after announcing his impending retirement

ESPNcricinfo staff

Alastair Cook retires

'I became the best player I could have become' - Alastair Cook

Sep 5, 2018: Alastair Cook says that he will retire from international cricket knowing that he managed to dredge every ounce out of his ability

Andrew Miller

Alastair Cook retires

Totem, relic: Alastair Cook's immense record will stand the test of time

Sep 3, 2018: The workload of carrying England's batting for 12 years has finally consumed Alastair Cook, but he leaves behind a monumental body of work

Andrew Miller

India in England 2018

Trevor Bayliss braces for top-order void as England seal series with questions galore

Sep 3, 2018: Trevor Bayliss has admitted England are no closer to settling on their top-order batting line-up despite winning the Test series against India

George Dobell

Alastair Cook retires

'A great person as well as a great cricketer' - Graham Gooch pays tribute to Alastair Cook

Sep 3, 2018: Former coach and mentor pays tribute to fellow England legend as he prepares to play his last Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

Alastair Cook retires

Alastair Cook announces England retirement after India series

Sep 3, 2018: England's record-breaking opener to bow out after 161 Tests and more than 12,000 runs

George Dobell

Alastair Cook's retirement

The matches that made Alastair Cook a record-breaker

Sep 3, 2018: Alastair Cook is to retire after making more than 12,000 runs in an England-record 161 Test appearances. ESPNcricinfo looks back at the landmarks

Andrew Miller

England v India, 4th Test, Ageas Bowl

Alastair Cook is 'flat-lining' says concerned Graham Gooch

Aug 31, 2018: The man Cook overtook to become England's leading run-scorer keeps seeing him make the same mistakes

ESPNcricinfo staff

England v India, 4th Test, Ageas Bowl

Ian Bell's timing seductive but England need more than quick fixes

Aug 30, 2018: Batting was tricky in the morning session, against a fine India attack, but the brittleness of England's top order was on stark view

George Dobell at the Ageas Bowl

England v India, 3rd Test, Trent Bridge

Alastair Cook gets '100%' backing from England captain Joe Root

Aug 22, 2018: England captain gives backing to Alastair Cook for the rest of the Test series against India

George Dobell at Trent Bridge

England v India, 3rd Test, Trent Bridge

Joe Root calls for 'strong response' from England top order

Aug 22, 2018: England captain Joe Root has urged the top order to focus on turning their form around ahead of the fourth Test at Southampton

ESPNcricinfo staff

England v India, 3rd Test, Trent Bridge

England drop the ball...again, and again, as slip fielding nightmare escalates

Aug 20, 2018: England have mixed and matched their slip cordon for considerable time, but the current combination isn't making things any better

George Dobell at Trent Bridge

England v India, 3rd Test, Trent Bridge

Alastair Cook's rarer peaks are a problem for England

Aug 19, 2018: There was a collective failure from England's batsmen on the second day at Trent Bridge, but issues start at the top

George Dobell

England v India, 3rd Test, Trent Bridge

Ben Stokes' comeback and Adil Rashid's role: talking points from England's tougher day

Aug 18, 2018: A hard-fought, entertaining day of Test cricket threw up a number of talking points about England's performance in the field

George Dobell at Trent Bridge

England v India, 3rd Test, Trent Bridge

Joe Root makes his big call but has 'no doubt' over Ben Stokes' readiness

Aug 17, 2018: Sam Curran can count himself unlucky to be dropped, but it is an understandable decision once it was decided Ben Stokes was available

George Dobell at Trent Bridge

India in England 2018

How England's slips in the slips let the pressure on India drop

Aug 2, 2018: England's fielding lapses could prove to be the difference between victory and defeat as India rally round Virat Kohli's brilliance

Melinda Farrell at Edgbaston
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