It’s been an unusual summer of cricket but some things never change.

Sir Alastair Cook was back at it today, scoring yet another big hundred in a big game.

With Essex taking on Somerset in the final of the Bob Willis Trophy at Lord’s, the Chef has shown his undeniable class once more – making 172 and bringing up his 67th first class century.

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Cooky joined us on The Shackles Are Off podcast earlier this summer to talk through his career and tell some fantastic stories, including discussing the hundred he scored in his final Test.

The former England captain had announced earlier in the 2018 home series against India that he would be retiring and made a signature hundred in the final Test at The Oval.

“For me to just finish like that and walk off knowing that the last time I ever batted for England I scored a hundred is just the final booknote,” said Cooky. “There’s not many people, unfortunately, that get that.”

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“Virat Kohli said when I was on about 120-odd ‘Are you regretting your decision?’ and I was like ‘No, I couldn’t be further away from regretting the decision’.

“It was the perfect way to walk off knowing that the last time I batted I still was half-decent.

“We’ll forget about the rubbish I produced the whole of the summer before that but for those 150 overs I batted I felt like I played as well as I could’ve done and that’s quite a nice thing to have in your mind.”

What an absolute legend.

If you haven’t already, make sure you check out the full chat with the Chef on The Shackles Are Off podcast...