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Ashes 2017-18: Alastair Cook dismisses retirement talks heading into 150th Test

Is retirement on the cards for former England captain Alastair Cook? The 32-year-old opener said no heading into the third Ashes Test in Perth.

cricket Updated: Dec 12, 2017 14:18 IST
By Sacha Pisani
By Sacha Pisani
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Under Alastair Cook’s captaincy, England won the Ashes twice (in 2013 and 2015). (Twitter )

Former England captain Alastair Cook insisted retirement is not on his mind as he prepares for his 150th Test against Australia in the Ashes.

Already England’s most capped Test player, veteran batsman Cook will reach another milestone when struggling Ashes holders England face Australia in Perth on Thursday.

(Read | Ashes: England need to regain fans trust by winning games- Jonny Bairstow)

But there are suggestions the end could be nigh for Cook, who has only managed scores of 37, 16, 2 and 7 as Australia enjoy a 2-0 series lead in the Ashes, with former players Mitchell Johnson and Kevin Pietersen indicating as much recently.

However, the 32-year-old opener told reports on Tuesday: “They’ve had no contact time with me.

(Read | England face last Ashes stand at WACA graveyard)

“They wouldn’t know the extra nets I’ve done behind doors.

“I have no idea [when he will retire] and I’ve said that since I gave up the captaincy.”

If England lose the third Test at the WACA, they will surrender the urn to Australia.

First Published: Dec 12, 2017 11:32 IST