England assistant coach Paul Farbrace hopes that Alastair Cook can retire with the 33rd century of tests

England Assistant Coach Paul Farbrace Hopes Alastair Cook Can Bow Out With 33rd Test Century

"I think he's enjoying all the applause he's getting," he said jokingly before, on a more serious note, adding, "He's driving the bat as long as he can, it would be great if he had to get it." . to 100, but I think he just played very well. "

"It's not easy, it's been pretty tough, but it seems that he really enjoys scrap," he added.

Farbrace described the standing ovation that the crowd gave the "realist" cook as he left the bat to move.

"It seems that he manages with everything in front of him and I think we're going to miss his careers and his captures, I think the reassuring influence he has on the team, among the staff of all." he said.

"What he manages to do is make everyone feel welcome, be part of things, young players, old players," Farbrace said.

"He seems to have everyone's respect and everyone feels very comfortable talking to him.

"He has a very realistic way of being, he has a bold sense of humor and people are attracted to him.

"I think that's something coming from Sri Lanka (on the next tour in England) there will be a lot of people looking around realizing that he is not there and I think people will realize the impact that it has had on them and on us as a team. "

Cook, who will continue playing for Essex, retires from international cricket with a stack of England records in his name, including most exam appearances, most races and most centuries.

The 33-year-old lefty, who scored a hundred in his Test debut, is playing in his 161 match at this level.

He has 32 centuries and more than 12,000 races to his name, placing him in sixth place on the all-time list of racers.

National coach Ed Smith wants England to take advantage of Cook's knowledge and experience after his retirement.

"I think it would be great for England cricket to take advantage of it as a resource," he told BBC Radio earlier on Sunday.

"I've had a strange talk with him about bowlers and hitters this summer, but next year maybe we'll have something more formal where he comes and really advises," added England's former hitter Smith.

(With the entries of AFP)