Cook to get honorary degree

Alastair Cook Credit: PA Archive

England cricket captain Alastair Cook will be presented with an honorary degree from the University of Essex at a special ceremony next month.

The world-renowned opening batsman has broken several English cricket records since becoming captain of the Test team in August 2012.

He became England's leading Test century-maker in December 2012 after making a hundred against India, and is the youngest player to pass 7,000 runs.

Brought up in Essex, 28-year-old Cook had his first-class debut for Essex County Cricket Club in 2003 and previously played for Maldon Cricket Club.

University of Essex Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Jules Pretty said: “Alastair Cook has become one of Essex and England’s finest cricketers and this is a welcome opportunity to acknowledge his contribution to both the sport and the county."