PA sports staff
Former England captain Sir Alastair Cook signed a two-year contract extension with Essex.
The 36-year-old is England’s leading test scorer, scoring 12,472 points, and he will extend his stay in the county until the end of the 2023 season.
Since retiring from international cricket competitions in 2018, Cook has helped Essex win the county championship, the Bob Willis trophy and this year’s second-tier league championship.
Cook said: “Since I retired internationally, I really like playing cricket in Essex.
“We are fortunate to have a great locker room and a great coaching staff. Under the leadership of Anthony McGrath, I look forward to another successful few years.”
Coach McGrath welcomed the news and described Cook as an influential figure in the club.
“Kutcher dedicated his future to Essex, which is good news,” McGrath said. “Alastair is still one of the best batsmen in the world, and he is very important to us, both on and off the court.
“He has the ability to take the game away from opponents in red ball and white ball cricket. This is what every coach wants to do in their team.
“He is also a role model for young boys. He has a wealth of knowledge. All the players in our locker room, including senior professional players, will use this knowledge from time to time.”