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Alastair Cook will hang up his helmet and pads after the fifth Test vs India.

Alastair Cook reveals his all-time cricket XI as he retires from England duty

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Former captain of the England Test and One-Day International teams Alastair Cook has revealed his all-time playing XI.

In a video posted by Lord’s Cricket Ground on their official Facebook page, Cook revealed his all-time XI.

The opening batsman, who plays for Essex County Cricket Club, picked from a mix of players he has played with or against.

Cook made one exception for the former England cricketer Graham Gooch, who he named as the captain of his team and opening batter, alongside Australian legend Matthew Hayden.

In the middle order, Cook chose Trinidadian Brian Lara, widely regarded as one of the best batsman of all time.

Australian World Cup winner Ricky Ponting, legendary South African batter AB de Villiers, former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara and and all-rounder Jacques Kallis joined Lara in the middle order.

Cook picked two former spinners in Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan and Aussie Shane Warne, whilst Englishman James Anderson and Australian veteran Glenn McGrath were also included in his side as the two fast bowlers.

The XI included of six different nations did not feature an Indian player, despite Cook’s lengthy history of Test matches against the side.

Cook had previously announced his retirement from international cricket and will play his last match for England against India at the Oval.

Alastair Cook is getting ready to bid farewell to international duty

“After much thought and deliberation over the last few months I have decided to announce my retirement from international cricket at the end of this Test series against India,” Cook said in a statement.

“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.

Watch the video of Cook's all-time XI below.

“I have loved cricket my whole life from playing in the garden as a child and will never underestimate how special it is to pull on an England shirt.

“So I know it is the right time to give the next generation of young cricketers their turn to entertain us and feel the immense pride that comes with representing your country.”

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