Former Australian captain Michael Clarke

Cook deserves more credit

SYDNEY (Agencies): Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has described Alastair Cook as one of the game’s “true gentleman” after the record-breaking England opener decided to end his 12-year international career.

Cook, who will retire after this week’s fifth test against India, is the sixth highest scorer in five-day cricket with 12,254 runs, including 32 centuries. “Alastair was a gentleman and a great ambassador for the game of cricket,” Clarke told News Corp Australia.

“I’ve always believed it’s not what you say, it’s what you do and he’s a great example of that. “He wasn’t a big talker on or off the field but when he said something it was important, and that was the way he played.” Cook led England to two home Ashes series wins over Clarke’s Australia but also suffered a 5-0 defeat Down Under in 2013-14. The 33-year-old left-hander was often criticised for his captaincy style, and his batting form, a level of scrutiny that Clarke said was unwarranted.

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