A record-breaking 59 Test matches, most defeats for England and most successful captain in Asia. Alastair Cook tested all sweet and bitter in his tenure of more than five years as an English captain. A statistical look at career of one of the youngest and successful English captain.
There have been highs and lows in English cricket since they invented this game. They are said to be one of the most prolific Test sides in world cricket and they proved it time by time. Alastair Cook is among those English captains who experienced both highs and downs, including two Ashes wins and recently 4-0 lost to India. The recent performance against India is said to be the major reason for his decision to step down as a leader of English team. Let’s have a look at Alastrair Cook’s captaincy career.
Most Tests for England
During his tenure of six years (2010-2016) he led his side in 59-Tests which is the highest by any English captain. Micheal Atherton had led the English side in 54 Tests between 1993 and 2001.
Most Test defeats for England
Tough he led England in most Tests, he holds the record of most Test defeats for England as well. In his 59 Tests, his side lost 22 times which is now the record for England in Tests. Atherton had 21 defeats in his career for England, Cook overtakes his number in the recent series against India.
Most Test runs as captain for England
Without a doubt Cook was one of the finest openers England have ever had. He holds the sixth position in highest run-getter as a captain in the list of players like Alan Border, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara.
|G Smith (ICC/SA)||109||193||12||8659||277||47.83||25||36|
|A Border (AUS)||93||154||24||6623||205||50.94||15||36|
|R Ponting (AUS)||77||140||13||6542||209||51.51||19||35|
|C Lloyd (WI)||74||111||9||5233||242*||51.3||14||27|
|S Fleming (NZ)||80||135||8||5156||274*||40.59||8||31|
|A Cook (ENG)||59||111||7||4844||263||46.57||12||24|
|B Lara (WI)||47||85||4||4685||400*||57.83||14||19|
|G Chappell (AUS)||48||86||10||4209||235||55.38||13||19|
|M Clarke (AUS)||47||86||10||3946||329*||51.92||14||7|
Most 100s in Asia by visiting a captain
Like mentioned above, he was one of the consistent performers of current era. His records in Asia indicate his quality in away games. He scored as many six Test hundreds in Asia, which are the most by any visiting captain in Asia.
|A Cook (ENG)||2010-2016||13||26||2||1362||6||2|
|C Lloyd (WI)||1974-1983||17||26||4||1402||4||5|
|A Border (AUS)||1986-1992||9||15||2||718||3||3|
|R Dravid (INDIA)||2004-2007||7||11||2||472||3||1|
|S Fleming (NZ)||1998-2004||13||23||4||1332||3||6|
Most Test runs in Asia by an English captain
Cook is the second-highest run-getter by a visiting captain in Asia. He has scored 1362 runs in 26 innings at a healthy average of 56.75 with six hundreds.
|C Lloyd (WI)||1974-1983||17||26||4||1402||242*||63.72|
|A Cook (ENG)||2010-2016||13||26||2||1362||190||56.75|
|S Fleming (NZ)||1998-2004||13||23||4||1332||274*||70.1|
|G Smith (SA)||2003-2010||17||29||0||1303||232||44.93|
|R Ponting (AUS)||2004-2010||12||22||1||902||123||42.95|
The best in average
His ability to score runs in any condition features him in a unique record. He is the only captain who averages 50-plus against five different teams. He averages more than 50 as captain against Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and West Indies. Ricky Ponting, Angelo Mathews, Allan Border and Misbah-ul-Haq average 50-plus against four opponents.
|v New Zealand||2013-2015||7||13||716||162||55.07|
|v West Indies||2015-2015||3||6||268||105||53.6|
|v Sri Lanka||2014-2016||5||9||290||85||41.42|
|v South Africa||2015-2016||4||8||184||76||23|