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Alastair Cook: The England great's Test career in photos from Nagpur to Melbourne

Matt Storey
Yahoo Sport UK

Alastair Cook’s Test career is over.

After playing 161 times over a 12-year span, scoring 12,472 runs, including 33 centuries and 57 half-centuries, Cook will no longer open the batting for England.

So sit back, relax and flick through the very best photos from Cook’s record-breaking career.

Debut boys

Cook made his debut in England’s first Test of the 2006 tour to India. Pictured here receiving his cap alongside Monty Panesar (second right) and Ian Blackwell (left) after a last minute dash from the Caribbean to Nagpur (Getty Images)

Starting well

In his first innings, Cook scored 60 to show he belonged in Test cricket, but it got even better second time around (Getty Images)

Maiden hundred

At the age of 2, Cook made 104* in the second innings of his debut Test (Getty Images)

Home comforts

After falling for 89 in his first Test match on home soil against Sri Lanka, Cook made 105 in the first match of Pakistan’s tour later that summer – his first century at Lord’s and first in England (Getty Images)

Doing it Down Under

England’s 2006/2007 tour to Australia was brutal, but one positive was Cook’s century at Perth (Getty Images)

Runs galore

After scoring more runs during the 2007 English summer, Cook’s reputation as a fine player of spin was enhanced in Sri Lanka later that year. He scored a century at Galle (Getty Images)

Frustrating year

But he didn’t carry that form into 2008. Cook seemed unable to turn 50s into 100s and his frustration showed during the series against South Africa (Getty Images)

Ashes victory

Two hundreds against the West Indies cemented Cook’s place for the 2009 Ashes series, which saw the opener get his first taste of success against the Aussies. Runs were not always easy to come by for him though. (Getty Images)

Important knock

Cook made 118 at Durban as England drew their Test series in South Africa later that year, it was a timely reminder of his ability after a disappointing Ashes (Getty Images)

Captain Cook

Andrew Strauss was rested for England’s early 2010 tour of Bangladesh, meaning vice-captain Cook was handed the role for the very first time (Getty Images)

Easy as you like

Captaincy didn’t faze Cook either – he scored centuries in both Tests as England won the series 2-0 (Getty Images)

Pressure mounts

Despite success as stand-in skipper, the summer of 2010 saw increasing scrutiny over Cook’s place in the side as he struggled for runs – with a winter tour to Australia on the cards, Cook was by no means a certainty to be selected (Getty Images)

Class is permanent

Luckily, as he has throughout his career, Cook stepped up to the mark and made 110 in the third Test. If he hadn’t, many think he’d have been left out of the Ashes tour. (Getty Images)

The tour that defined him

England faced defeat in the first Ashes Test at Brisbane, but it ended in a draw thanks to Cook (235*), Strauss (110) and Trott (135*) as England amassed a massive 517-1 in their second innings (Getty Images)

Piling on the runs

And he continued his fine form at Adelaide in the second Test, scoring 148 as England went 1-0 up in the series (Getty Images)

History

Pictured celebrating England’s win at Melbourne, which saw them retain the Ashes, Cook scored 189 in the final Test at Sydney as Strauss’ side completed a series victory. Cook scored 766 runs in the series. (Getty Images)

Just short

Cook’s highest score of 294 came against India in 2011. An innings that started on the first day and ended on the third, agonisingly short of a triple-hundred. (Getty Images)

Responsibility

A disappointing summer in 2012 saw England lose to South Africa and star player Kevin Pietersen fall out with skipper Strauss. The captain retired after the series and Cook was named as his successor (Getty Images)

Touring delight

Alastair Cook captained England to a famous victory in India during his first series as skipper. He scored three hundreds, the third of which was his 23rd, the most of any English batsman ever (Getty Images)

Captain fantastic

Cook continued his fine form as captain with hundreds home and away against New Zealand (Getty Images)

Crowning moment

Cook lived every young cricketers dream in 2014 as he captained England to Ashes glory, despite failing to make a century in the series (Getty Images)

Turmoil

That joy was short-lived as England suffered a humiliating whitewash in Australia the following winter. Coach Andy Flower left and Kevin Pietersen was dropped from the side after the series ended, leading to a huge fallout in English cricket. Cook shouldered a lot of the blame. (Getty Images)

Criticism continues

Cook endured a tough series against Sri Lanka with both the bat and as captain, as his leadership faced intense scrutiny. It was arguably the toughest time of Cook’s career. (Getty Images)

Big knock

Under pressure due to a lack of runs, Cook scored 95 against India in the third Test of the 2014 series, with the crowd’s reaction to his innings convincing him to remain as captain. Despite this period, Cook actually ends with a better average as captain, than not. (Getty Images)

Finally…

Nearly two years after his 25th century against New Zealand, Cook notched his 26th against the West Indies in Bridgetown and the usually subdued Cook’s emotions were clear for all to see. (Getty Images)

Return to form

Although Cook didn’t score a 100 in the 2015 Ashes series, he made a number of scores opening up and led his side to another success. It was much-needed after a tough year or two. (Getty Images)

Double delight

The following winter he was back to his best, with a marathon innings in the searing Abu Dhabi heat. Cook make 263 in, his third double hundred and proof, it was ever in doubt, that he still had it (Getty Images)

Historical victory

Often questioned, Cook’s captaincy was praised as England secured a famous series victory in South Africa. Pictured here with the entire squad. (Getty Images)

Landmark runs

Alastair Cook become the highest-scoring opening batsman ever as he made 81 against Pakistan in 2016, overtaking Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar. (Getty Images)

Resignation

After series defeats in Bangladesh and India, Cook resigned as England captain in early 2017. He captained 59 games, the most of any England captain, leading his team to famous victories in India and South Africa. Joe Root took over. (Getty Images)

Night and day

Cook marked the first day/night Test match in this country with another double-hundred, this time against the West Indies. (Getty Images)

Melbourne show

England struggled again in Australia, yet Cook still found time to break another record. His 244*was the highest score by a foreign batsman at the MCG. A timely reminder to the Aussies just how good he was. (Getty Images)

Final hurrah

Cook announced he would retire ahead of the final Test of the 2018 summer. In his 161st Test, Cook scored 71 in the first innings and then brought the house down with a fine 145 in his 291st and final innings as a Test match cricketer. (Getty Images)

Thank You Chef

He left the field to a standing ovation as England, with England eventually winning the Test. A phenomenal career. (Getty Images)

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