Cape Town - England legend Sir Alastair Cook admits
he became jealous of more flamboyant batsman like Australian David
Warner towards the end of his Test career.
A technically sound but defensive batsman, Cook is England's highest run scorer in Test cricket.
As a prolific schoolboy cricketer, he "was always drilling the
defensive shots as a 14 or 15-year-old", but towards the end of his
career, the way in which the likes of Warner were approaching the game
made him reconsider his options.
Looking back on his retirement on the Sky Sports podcast, Cook
explained, "I was a grafter, I had to graft for everything. I'm not ever
going to compare myself to David Warner but sometimes I watch him bat
and I'm incredibly jealous that he gets to 50 off 30 balls, it's an hour
into the day and he's already sorted.
"He knows that whatever happens, (he) hasn't really failed. Obviously he'll be thinking he has to go and
get a hundred (...but) if I was getting fifty, it was a three-hour job
most times. There's a lot of work going into it.
"Eventually, after grinding my way through it a number of times, with
the captaincy, I didn't have that much more to give, unfortunately."
Cook enjoyed the distinction of being a rare player to make a century
both in his debut and final Test, bowing out on a high at The Oval.
had announced his decision to step away from international cricket just
before that final Test of the series against India, but insisted it
wasn't a "snapshot" call.
"The decision to retire from international cricket wasn't just made
after the Trent Bridge Test (against India in 2018)," he said.
"Something was happening for 18 months before. It's a sad thing to
say, when the stuff you dream about, you just lose that little bit of
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