Ashes 2013-14: Alastair Cook excited to join England’s 100 club
Ashes 2013-14: Alastair Cook admits it will be a "huge honour" to make his 100th England Test appearance in Perth
Alastair Cook says it will be a “huge honour” to join England’s 100-club during this winter’s Ashes series.
The captain has racked up an impressive 97 Tests since making his debut in the format as a 21-year-old against India in Nagpur in 2006.
Cook, who has been part of three Ashes-winning series, will join the likes of Alec Stewart as England centurions when he takes to the field at Perth.
“I realised it was going to be at Perth but I had not thought too much about it,” Cook told ecb.co.uk.
“Obviously it would be a huge honour as not many guys have done it. If I do stay fit and do it, it would be a nice club to join.”
“Hopefully it will not be overshadowed by the result,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s all about the result and how many runs I score rather than the amount of caps.”
Meanwhile, Cook believes the volume of cricket which is played by modern-day professionals allows players to achieve special feats, such as racking up 100 Test for his country.
“That is the beauty of the amount of cricket we play,” he said. “We always talk about the amount we play and yes we do play a lot.
“But the flipside is that you get the opportunity to do something special and rack up serious stats or numbers quickly. I will be very proud if I do stay injury-free.”
He added: “You dream about being a professional cricketer and you dream, if you’re lucky, that you will play for England.
“But it looks such a long way away and you never think you’re going to be good enough. Maybe that helps your career.
“It’s been a good career so far. Hopefully there are a lot more runs to come and I can stay hungry and injury-free to play a few more years yet.
“I am very lucky to be playing for England. I think when we put on the cap and wear the Three Lions, it’s a time to cherish.”