Alastair Cook's England career has been laden with runs from the day he stepped off a plane from the West Indies in 2006 to score a century on his Test debut in India.
demonstrated a maturity beyond his 21 years as he battled jet-lag to help England to a draw, having flown in from an A team tour to provide cover for the injured Michael Vaughan.
It was a measured display, highlighting the attributes that were to ensure that following Wednesday's shock news that
Andrew Strauss had decided to retire
from professional cricket, it was Cook to whom England would turn to succeed him as Test captain.
England's new Test captain
25 December 1984 (27)
Opening batsman, England ODI captain
England Test debut
: India v England, Nagpur, 1-5 March 2006
England v Sri Lanka, Manchester, 28 June 2006
England v West Indies, the Oval, 28 June 2007
Left-hander Cook cemented his place at the top of the England order with two centuries against Pakistan later the same year as Vaughan retired and stress curtailed Marcus Trescothick's Test career.
Cook's ability to build big innings frustrated Test opponents, most notably Australia in the 2010-11 Ashes series down under.
He has not had it all his own way, though. Until his dominating performances in the most recent Ashes series, Ricky Ponting's team had taken advantage of a technical weakness he showed when playing on the front foot.
Cook's first Ashes series in 2006-07 produced just 276 runs, while the Australians again targeted him in 2009, limiting him to a best score of 95 even as England won the series.
But hundreds against the West Indies and South Africa kept the selectors happy.
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