Cook has notched up 12,254 runs since his debut in 2006.

Legends of cricket quick to pay tributes to retiring Alastair Cook

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Kevin Pietersen and Sachin Tendulkar have been among the first to pay tributes to Alastair Cook after he announced his retirement from international cricket on Monday. 

Cook will play his final Test match against India at the Oval over the coming weekend, notching up a staggering 161 Tests since his debut in 2006.

The England opener has 12,254 runs, 32 Test centuries and a personal high score of 294 to his name over his 12-year career for his country. 

With these kind of figures, it is no surprise that two legends of the game were quick to pay tributes on Monday after the news broke. 

Former teammate Kevin Pietersen was quick to point out the stats behind Cook's career, tweeting: "Big numbers! BIG BIG numbers, but his biggest and best attribute was his mental strength when batting. Happy retirement, Allistair!"

Cook's stats are quite remarkable, in fact, he has more Test runs than any previous England cricketer, notching up over 300 more runs than Graham Gooch, who is second on the list. 

Tributes to Cook didn't stop with Pietersen, Sachin Tendulkar - all-time leading run scorer in the history of the sport - left Cook a message over Twitter.

He posted: "Alastair Cook has been one of the finest batsmen to have represented England and his conduct on-field and off it, has been impeccable.

"Well played Alastair. Wish you all the very best for what your 2nd innings has in store for you!"

Some serious praise from one of the finest cricketers of all-time there. 

After announcing his retirement, Cook explained his decision and said: "Although it is a sad day, I can do so with a big smile on my face knowing I have given everything and there is nothing left in the tank.

"I have achieved more than I could have ever imagined and feel very privileged to have played for such a long time alongside some of the greats of the English game.

Enjoy your retirement, Alastair

"The thought of not sharing the dressing room, again, with some of my teammates was the hardest part of my decision, but I know the timing is right."

The pressure will be off England as they step out at the Oval knowing that they have already sealed a Test series victory over India, so watch out for Alastair Cook, who will be looking to increase his incredible figures one last time.  

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