The former Australian captain Michael Clarke has applauded England cricketer Alastair Cook as a true gentleman. Clarke said that Cook was a great ambassador of the game of cricket and he also pointed out that the England opener didn’t received the credit he deserves.

While speaking with an Australian news portal, Clarke didn’t hold back and was full of praise for Cook who has recently announced his retirement from international cricket. Speaking about Cook, Clarke said that always it is not what you say, it’s what you do and Cook is a great example of that. The Australian batsman recalled memories of playing with Cook and said that he wasn’t a big talker on or off the field but when he said something it was important. And that was the way he played.

Clarke also noted that opening position is the ‘toughest position to bat in our game’ and Cook played that role. Calling the England batsman a ‘fighter’, Clarke stated that Cook found a way to score runs in all conditions. And that’s a sign of a great player, hat he can adapt and find a way to be successful all around the world.

At the same time Clarke mentioned that Cook hasn’t received the credit he deserved for being such a good player.

Incidentally, one of Cook’s finest performance came against Australia in the 2010/11 Ashes series which England won 3-1. Cook was literally unstoppable in that series and amassed 766 runs to inspire England to win an Ashes series after a long time on the Australian soil. In that five Test series, Cook batted for 36 hours which is a world record. Clarke was a part of the losing Australian team and he even lead the team in the later stages.

Cook has announced his retirement from international cricket after failing to making an impact in his last few Test matches. He is set to retire after playing the 5th Test against India. The left-hand batsman has scored over 12 thousand runs in Tests and will retire as the highest run-maker for England. He also has 32 Test centuries to his name.