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England opener Alastair Cook has made it abundantly clear that he has no intention of making a U-turn on his decision to retire.
Cook announced that he would retire from international cricket after the fifth Test against India at The Oval, which begins on Friday.
“That is a very tough question to answer, but no,” Cook was quoted as saying by Sky Sports when asked if there was any chance he would come out of retirement to play for England again. “I’m retiring, and that’s it. It is final. All those glorious things are just hypothetical. I have done my bit.”
While he will walk away from international cricket, he will continue to play domestic cricket as he signed a new three-year deal with Essex.
Cook admitted that he shed tears when informing his teammates about his decision to retire. However, he doesn’t expect to be that emotional when he dons the England jersey for the last time in his illustrious career.
“I don’t think so,” the 33-year-old, who is England’s highest run-scorer in Test cricket, said. “You just don’t know do you what reaction you’ll get from the crowd, but I’ll just be focused on getting some runs.
“It’ll be slightly strange but I’ll just try to enjoy the week. We’ve still got a game to win for England – so I want to approach it the same way as other games, but obviously knowing it will be my last.”
Going into his final match for England, there will be something else on Cook’s mind as well as his wife Alice will be giving birth to their third child.
The due date is likely to fall towards the end of the match, but when asked if occurs earlier, Cook said: “It’s very difficult to predict. She might have to do it by herself, I think.
“Ideally it will come after the match, or even better you get a hundred and then it comes when they’re about to bat, and you don’t have to field.
“That would be ideal, then come back and have another bat second innings, but I doubt that will happen.”
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