Alastair Cook set for knighthood in recognition of glittering cricket career

ALASTAIR COOK is set to receive a knighthood in the New Year's honours, according to reports.
The former England batsman, 33, retired from international duty this year after a glittering career in which he became the country's all-time leading Test runscorer.
 Alastair Cook is set for a knighthood in the New Year, according to reports

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Alastair Cook is set for a knighthood in the New Year, according to reports

And now The Times reports that the Essex opener will become the 10th cricketer to be knighted and the first since Ian Botham in 2007.
Cook's stellar career ended with a century against India in the final Test of the summer at The Oval.
He is the fifth highest runscorer in Test match history and still playing county cricket for Essex.
Cook was adamant after that fifth Test against India that he will not return to the international scene, even with a home Ashes series on the horizon next summer.
 The cricketer retired from England duty after a glittering career - and he is set for some recognition

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The cricketer retired from England duty after a glittering career – and he is set for some recognition
 is the fifth highest runscorer in Test match history and still playing county cricket for Essex.

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is the fifth highest runscorer in Test match history and still playing county cricket for Essex.

After his last game in September, he said: "The timing (of the retirement) is right and just makes this even more special.
"It is always nice people wanting more than trying to kick you out.”
 Alastair Cook is the 10th cricketer to be knighted and the first since Ian Botham in 2007

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Alastair Cook is the 10th cricketer to be knighted and the first since Ian Botham in 2007
 The cricket star described how his retirement from England duty left him with a lump in his throat, but was delighted to end it with a century against India

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The cricket star described how his retirement from England duty left him with a lump in his throat, but was delighted to end it with a century against India

Alastair Cook reacts after a fantastic final test innings for England against India

“There was definitely a lump in my throat at the start and I did shed a tear.
“Ever since I announced my retirement, I hoped to have a good week here, but to top it off with a score was just incredible. Sometimes dreams do come true.”
The Sun on Sunday revealed that England football manager Gareth Southgate is in line for an OBE after guiding the Three Lions to the World Cup semi-finals this year.

Alastair Cook retires from England Test Cricket after incredible career