Essex star to lead England

Essex batsman Alastair Cook has been named the new Test captain of the England cricket team.

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School celebrates old boy's new job with England

The Alastair Cook Room at the Bedford School Credit: Neil Bradford, ITV Anglia

Staff at Alastair Cook's former school are celebrating after their ex-pupil was named new test Captain of the England Cricket team.

Peter Sherwin Master in charge of cricket: "The Bedford School boys will be delighted at the news. They'll all be talking about it when they return in September.

"They're proud of the fact he is an old boy and they love the fact he's stayed in touch. He's already such an inspiration to them, but now he holds the top job in English cricket,they'll be over the moon"

Assistant Head teacher at Bedford School said:

"The school and the rest of Bedford are immensely proud of his appointment to England Test captain. It is thoroughly well deserved. He has worked hard to achieve his goal from a very young age. He is a regular visitor to the school and we look forward to welcoming him again".

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