Graham Gooch led the tributes to the retiring Alastair Cook, describing him as a “genuine legend” of England cricket. As a seven-year-old boy, Cook once queued up for Gooch’s autograph at Chelmsford and later went on to take over his mantle as England’s leading Test runscorer. The pair were close throughout his career, with Cook often turning to Gooch for advice even after his formal position as England batting coach ended in 2015. Gooch saw a lot of his himself in the young Cook, recognising his strong work ethic and determination to succeed, two traits that have stayed with him throughout his Test career. “Alastair has been the rock of England’s batting for the last 12 years since he made his debut and while we are all sad to see him retire, we must rejoice in what he has done for our country. He is a genuine legend of English cricket,” said Gooch. “He is a legend not only because of his performances, but, because of his attitude, his sacrifices, the way he has carried himself and the example he has set. Alastair is a perfect role model and is the image of the game we want to project. He is a… Read full this story
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