Cook’s County Championship Title Vindication

Cook’s County Championship Title Vindication

Sir Alastair Cook says Essex’s County Championship title win vindicates his decision to keep playing after retiring from England duty. Cook top-scored for his Division One county with 913 runs at 45.65 apiece and his innings of 53 and 30 not out against Somerset helped steer Essex to a draw in their title-decider at Taunton.

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Cook, who retired from international cricket in 2018, says he plans to play on after celebrating the county’s second Championship title in three years. “This is the reason I carried on,” said Cook, who signed a new three-year deal with Essex 12 months ago. “The guys wanted me to play, I wanted to play and I wanted to win trophies. I really enjoy county cricket, it’s a bunch of lads I play with every day.

“You hope you can add a bit to the environment and score a few runs, and to win a trophy at the end of it is really special. “I’m really happy for our coach Anthony McGrath, who took over from Chris Silverwood. That’s a tough job when you have won a league [under Silverwood] for the first time in 25 years. “But he’s moved it forward in his own way and it’s been a real special year for the club.”

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