Listen to those in the know, and Sir Alastair Cook is talked about as destined for great things in the game. Having tasted life with the full England squad as cover for Michael Vaughan in Pakistan, a bright future really does look likely.
He captained England in the 2004 Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh and scored two centuries while leading them to the semi-finals. He scored his maiden first-class hundred, against Leicestershire at Chelmsford in 2004, and having already impressed the likes of Andy Flower and Darren Gough, his county team-mates, a blossoming future beckons.
A fine season in 2005 including an outstanding double century against the touring Australians was rewarded when he was voted Cricketer of the Year by the Cricket Writers' Club.
In 2019 Alastair was awarded a Knighthood for services to cricket.