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Published on February 7th, 2017 | by Bhaskar Ganekar

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Alastair Cook in numbers

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.

Captain Span Matches Won Lost Tied Draw W/L
A Cook 2010-2016 59 24 22 0 13 1.09
M Atherton 1993-2001 54 13 21 0 20 0.619
M Vaughan 2003-2008 51 26 11 0 14 2.363
A Strauss 2006-2012 50 24 11 0 15 2.181
N Hussain 1999-2003 45 17 15 0 13 1.133


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.

Captain Span Mat Won Lost Tied Draw W/L
A Cook 2010-2016 59 24 22 0 13 1.09
M Atherton 1993-2001 54 13 21 0 20 0.619
D Gower 1982-1989 32 5 18 0 9 0.277
N Hussain 1999-2003 45 17 15 0 13 1.133
G Gooch 1988-1993 34 10 12 0 12 0.833


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.

Player Matches Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50
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
Misbah-ul-Haq (PAK) 53 93 15 3943 135 50.55 8 32


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.

Player Span Mat Inns NO Runs 100 50
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.

Player Span Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave
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.

Team Span Mat Inns Runs HS Average
v Pakistan 2015-2016 7 13 873 263 72.75
v Bangladesh 2010-2016 4 8 431 173 61.57
v New Zealand 2013-2015 7 13 716 162 55.07
v West Indies 2015-2015 3 6 268 105 53.6
v India 2012-2016 14 25 1229 190 53.43
v Sri Lanka 2014-2016 5 9 290 85 41.42
v Australia 2013-2015 15 29 853 96 29.41
v South Africa 2015-2016 4 8 184 76 23

 

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