Clarke: Cook ‘hasn’t received the credit he has deserved’

Michael Clarke Alastair Cook deserves more credit for his illustrious career England cricket

Michael Clarke: “He found a way to score runs in all conditions and that’s a sign of a great player”

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Former Australia captain Michael Clarke believes that England opener Alastair Cook has not received the credit he deserves for everything he has accomplished.

Cook announced that he would bring his illustrious international career to an end after the fifth Test against India at The Oval, which begins on Friday.

Cook will end his career as England’s highest run-scorer in Test cricket as he has over 12,000 runs to his name in the format.

Clarke admitted that Cook’s accomplishments are made all the more better since he is an opening batsman.

“He was a fighter and he batted in what I believe is the toughest position in our game, opening the batting,” Clarke was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council’s website. “He found a way to score runs in all conditions and that’s a sign of a great player, that he can adapt and find a way to be successful all around the world. He probably hasn’t received the credit he has deserved for being such a good player.”

Having played against Cook on numerous occasions, Clarke branded the 33-year-old as “a gentleman and a great ambassador for the game of cricket”.

“I’ve always believed it’s not what you say, it’s what you do and he’s a great example of that,” Clarke added. “He wasn’t a big talker on or off the field but when he said something it was important, and that was the way he played.”