Alastair Cook completes England Cricket’s Knighted XI

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Former England opener Alastair Cook has received a knighthood in the New Years Honours list announced on 29 December.

The 34-year-old becomes the 11th Englishman to be knighted for services to cricket.

The announcement comes after a northern summer in which Cook bowed out of the international game as England’s all-time leading run-scorer and the fifth-highest run-scorer in the history of the men’s Test game.

No fewer than six people associated with the game of cricket are to receive a New Year’s Honour.

England Women’s cricket legend Enid Bakewell has received an MBE, Richard Hill has been honoured for his contribution to disability cricket and Matthew Maynard for services to sport and charity. Alvin Kallicharran and Peter Wynne-Thomas have both been recognised with a British Empire Medal.

Bakewell enjoyed a 14-year England career and won the inaugural Women’s World Cup in 1973, she was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2012.

In a statement issued to the press ECB chairman Colin Graves said: “Alastair Cook has given so much to English cricket and I’m delighted that he has received this honour.

“It’s a fitting tribute to a man who has led with distinction on and off the pitch ever since he made his England debut.

“The statistics across that time tell the story of his special ability – as do the winners’ medals and Ashes trophies – but he is also someone who’s been a great role model for our sport.

“We’re very fortunate to have had Alastair in English cricket and we’re very grateful for his contributions to the game.

“It’s also fantastic news for Enid Bakewell, Richard Hill, Matthew Maynard, Peter Wynne-Thomas and Alvin Kallicharran. All three of them have contributed hugely to our great sport and we congratulate them on their honours.”

England football skipper Harry Kane and coach Gareth Southgate have been awarded OBE’s after their heroics in Russia.

Actor Michael Palin will become the first member of the Monty Python comedy group to be knighted. He received a CBE in 2000 and said of the honour: “[I may] just have a quiet celebration, just myself and a glass of Horlicks and then go to bed.”

Lesley Hornby, commonly known as Twiggy, will receive a damehood for services to fashion, the arts and charity.

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