Summer may be over, cricket season has been and gone so, let’s take a look at those who particularly shone. Where else to start than to talk about Alastair Cook. An opening batsman that the world shall miss. On 3rd September, the Englishman announced his retirement from international cricket. England faced India from the 7th-11th of September and that was to be Alistair’s last test match for England. Alastair Cook’s career has been a rollercoaster of a journey and it ended on a high note. When the 29 year old, Cook went in bat for one last time for England. He finished off in style. Hitting a century, which was his 33rd test hundred. A huge standing ovation was held at the ‘Oval.’ On the day he hit that incredible century, he finished on a score of 147.
All in all it was a very successful test match and series for England as they won by 118 runs in the fifth and final test of the series. It was a 4-1 series win for Trevor Bayliss’ side. The Australian coach has had a lot to deal with over these past few months what with Ben Stokes getting involved in a nightclub incident. Also seeing one of England’s finest players hang up his bat, pads and shoes. So scouting for some fresh English talent is on the ex professional’s agenda.
Alastair Cook wasn’t the only one who stole the limelight. James Anderson was another cricketer jumping for joy this summer as in the test match against India, Anderson took the final wicket to become the most successful fast bowler in Test cricket. The 36-year-old bowled Mohammed Shami to claim his 564th wicket, surpassing the record of Australia's Glenn McGrath.
So the cricket season comes to an end and while it has been an emotional and rather uplifting fairytale for England cricket. In local cricket it has also been a year to remember too as Bicester & North Oxford 1’s were crowned champions of Division 3 of the Cherwell Cricket leagues.
Report by Archie Newell