Sir Alastair Cook: The Cricket Bats to 33 Test Centuries

England's most successful Test batsman Sir Alastair Cook, might have hung up his England cap, but his place in the history of cricket is guaranteed. Each of his 33 Test centuries were scored with a Gray-Nicolls bat. Now, for the first time, we delve deeper in to the bats that got him there.

#1: What a way to announce yourself!

Called up from an England 'A' tour in the Caribbean, Cook went from the plane to the history books after making a 50 and a century on his Test debut in Nagpur, India.

The bat? A true classic - the original Powerbow - the start of a dynasty.

#4: THE FIRST DOWN UNDER

English cricketers are often measured on their performance against Australia; in that case, there aren't many held in higher regard than Alastair Cook. This century - 114 at Perth - was his first against the Australians, and a sign of things to come.

The second generation Powerbow was the weapon in of choice on this occasion, putting the likes of Warne and McGrath to the sword.

#7: NITRO ON THE CHARGE

England headed to Sri Lanka, and it was business as usual for Alastair Cook. He hit a tremendous 118 in the second innings at Galle, to help secure an unlikely (and rain assisted) draw.

In a rare foray in to blue, Cook was using the Nitro at the end of 2007.

#9: WEST INDIES TO THE SWORD

Cook made back-to-back tons against the West Indies - one away and one at home at the Riverside Stadium, Durham. Cook's majestic 160 set up a significant victory for his country.

This was also century number two, with the Gray-Nicolls Xiphos - a true favourite of the era with cricketers around the world!

#16: COOK'S ICONIC SERIES

It seems scarcely believable now, but before the 2010/11 Ashes series, Alastair Cook had hit what many deemed a career-saving century against Pakistan. By the end of the away series, however, Cook was firmly established as an international great, having hit three centuries and a huge 766 runs in the 3-1 victory.

The bat that propelled Cook to these outrageous batting statistics? It was the first coming of - The Oblivion!

#27: BREAKING RECORDS WITH THE OMEGA

By this point in 2015, Cook was breaking records every time he batted. A ton against New Zealand, took him to an incredible 27 Test match centuries.

The bat in his hands was back in blue, with the Omega.

#28: A CLASSIC CONTRIBUTION

Alastair Cook was still scoring firsts even by the time of his 28th Test century - the first time he'd reached three figures in Dubai. It was Pakistan, who felt the pain of Cook's powers on this occasion, as he made an imperious 263 in a classic Test draw.

Cook had begun to use the Gray-Nicolls Classic range by this point - where he would stay until his final innings.

#32: A FINAL ASHES FLOURISH

The 2017-18 Ashes series didn't have many bright spots for England - but a momentous innings from Alastair Cook was one of them. His 244* at Melbourne was vintage Cook and cemented his place in Ashes folklore.

Cook was using the latest iteration of the Classic bat for this tour, albeit it with slightly updated design that is still in use today - a fitting tribute to an icon of the game.

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