Alastair Cook will play his 150th Test match when Australia host England at the WACA on Thursday (December 14). As from the records there is only 7 men in the history of the game have played more.
“The people who are saying that have had no contact time with me,” Cook told reporters at the WACA. “They wouldn’t know the extra nets I’ve been doing behind closed doors. I was with [batting consultant] Gary (Palmer) for an hour-and-a-half yesterday morning, desperately trying to keep working at my game. That’s probably not a guy who has given in.”
It is a very special thing to pull on that hat, he said.
“Not many people play 150 Test matches – so to do that, and at the top of the order, I’m quite proud,” he said. “My job… is to try to get England off to a good start and on this tour I have struggled. We’ve got the biggest game of our lives coming up and we’ve got to scrap unbelievably hard for the five days. I try my hardest all the time and I prepare as well as I can. I try my b****s off really. It’s as simple as that and I’ll do that for as long as I can.”