England batting great and former skipper Alastair Cook is in line to be honoured with a Knighthood.Cook’s name has been proposed in the House of Lords and if all goes well, he could become the youngest cricketer to be awarded with the honour.According to the Metro, cricket enthusiast Lord Andrew Tyrie has written to the authorities in charge of the honours list.”It is not just that Alastair Cook is unquestionably the best batsman England have produced in recent years but that he can make a massive contribution as an ambassador for cricket at home and abroad. Nobody would be more deserving,” Lord Tyrie said.Cook, 33, retired from international cricket in September after the five-match series against India which England won 3-1.Cook, who made his debut for England in 2006, bowed out as the fifth highest run-scorer in Test history. He has amassed 12472 runs in 161 Tests at an average of 45.35 with 33 hundreds and 57 half-centuries.Cook’s final Test at The Oval was his 159th consecutive game in the longest format, the longest such streak in all international cricket. He missed just one Test in his entire career (vs India in Mumbai, 2006) that too because of a stomach bug.Cook also led England for more than four years and was the country’s 79th captain in the longest format before handing over the reins to Joe Root in February last year.He was England’s longest-serving Test captain having led in 59 matches. He is tied with Andrew Strauss with 24 wins, the second most for England behind Michael Vaughan, but also has the unfortunate record of losing the most Tests as England captain with 22.advertisementThe 33-year-old Gloucester-born cricketer was always known for his prowess with the bat in the longest format even though he did manage to feature in 92 ODIs for England in which he made 3204 runs at an average of 36.40 with 5 centuries and 19 fifties. He also played 4 T20 internationals and scored 61 runs.
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