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Alastair Cook ruled out of County Championship opener

Alastair Cook will play no part against Lancashire. Credit: PA

Essex batsman Alastair Cook will miss the county's opening County Championship fixture against Lancashire on Friday with a hip injury.

England had made the 32-year-old available for Essex's first three Division One matches of the season.

However, he will now have to watch from the stands after having an injection to help settle down his symptoms.

Promoted Essex start their campaign against Lancashire at Chelmsford who will have England bowler James Anderson among their team.

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Cook: 'Less than 100% not enough for England'

Outgoing England cricket captain Alastair Cook said he wouldn't be doing the team or their fans justice if he continued in the role.

The Essex star resigned from the role yesterday (Monday February 6) after a record 59 tests since 2012.

Speaking at Lord's for the first time after his decision, Cook said the job needed 100% total commitment, but felt he'd given as much as he could to the captaincy.

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Essex's Cook named captain in ICC Team of the Year

Alastair Cook. Credit: PA

Essex batsman Alastair Cook has been named captain of the International Cricket Council's Test Team of the Year.

The 31-year-old, who is under pressure after his England side lost their recent series in India 4-0, is one of four Englishman picked with Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow also selected.

The team was put together by Rahul Dravid, Gary Kirsten and Kumar Sangakkara, with voting closing in September - a couple of months before England's heavy defeats in Asia.

England have since slipped to 5th in the world rankings and lost eight test matches in the calendar year.

  • ICC Test Team of the Year 2016

David Warner (Australia), Alastair Cook (England) (captain), Kane Williamson (New Zealand), Joe Root (England), Adam Voges (Australia), Jonny Bairstow (England) (wicketkeeper), Ben Stokes (England), R. Ashwin (India), Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka), Mitchell Starc (Australia), Dale Steyn (South Africa)

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