Sir Alastair Cook looks on for Essex after the last year of his contract

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Sir Alastair Cook looks on to Essex after this season after his bucket-list County Championship win and Bob Willis Trophy win that leaves the 36-year-old English legend wanting more

  • Sir Alastair Cook, 36, has had great success in Essex after his English days
  • Cook bent out of the Test arena with a beautiful century against India
  • He is in the last year of his Essex deal, but hopes to continue this season

Sir Alastair Cook is enjoying life back in the ranks in Essex, so much so that he’s preparing to play beyond the final year of his contract this summer.

The England record scorer signed a new three-year deal with his county after finishing his 161st Test career by a century in his last game against India at the Oval in late 2018.

Now, after taking a lead role in Essex’s County Championship success in 2019 and their Bob Willis Trophy triumph last year, he heads to this year’s new conference championship next week with his thirst for unsaturated runs.

Sir Alastair Cook enjoyed life back in the ranks with Essex, describing their 2019 County Championship title win as a bucket list achievement

Sir Alastair Cook enjoyed life back in the ranks with Essex, describing their 2019 County Championship title win as a bucket list achievement

The silverware just kept coming when Essex won the Bob Willis Trophy in last year's campaign

The silverware just kept coming when Essex won the Bob Willis Trophy in last year's campaign

The silverware just kept coming when Essex won the Bob Willis Trophy in last year’s campaign

“I liked being in Essex without the real control and pressure of playing international cricket,” said Cook. ‘In county cricket, in a sense, you go back to basics, to batting and catching and remembering why you played sports at all.

‘I’m in some degree of limbo because in three months’ time I could be sitting here thinking,’ You know what? It’s time someone else got my place. ‘

“But as long as I still have the support of Essex and my family and if the ball still hits the center of my bat more often than my pad, I’ll keep going.”

The former England captain realized great ambition when he led Essex to the title in a nail-biting decider against Somerset.

“I sat down with Chris Silverwood in Chelmsford and told him winning the championship was at the top of my wish list,” he said.

‘I was part of the 2017 title win with Essex, but I didn’t play all season. So to do that in the first year after I left England was great.

‘The motivation to do it right is still there, because I don’t want to shame myself. I don’t want to look dumb. And there is still no better feeling than scoring runs. ‘

Cook bowed the scene of England by a century in his final test at The Oval against India

Cook bowed the scene of England by a century in his final test at The Oval against India

Cook bowed the scene of England by a century in his final test at The Oval against India

Cook says the prospect of playing for fans again is propelling him forward in his cricket

Cook says the prospect of playing for fans again is propelling him forward in his cricket

Cook says the prospect of playing for fans again is propelling him forward in his cricket

Cook, 36, says a major reason to continue is to play in front of an audience again after the ‘different’ experience of winning the Bob Willis Trophy behind closed doors, again against Somerset, at Lord’s.

“You can’t buy experience like walking out to a full house at the MCG,” he added. And we really missed playing for Essex crowds last year.

“ I think as players we will really notice when fans are back and appreciate it too. ”

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