Essex sign Alastair Cook until end of 2023 season

England's leading Test run-scorer, Alastair Cook, will stay at Essex until the end of 2023 after signing a two-year contract extension.

The 36-year-old former England captain, who scored 12,472 runs for his country, helped Essex win the County Championship, the Bob Willis Trophy and this year's Division Two title since retiring from international cricket in 2018.

Cook said: "I have really enjoyed my cricket here at Essex since my international retirement.

"We are lucky to have a fantastic dressing room and great coaching staff, led brilliantly by Anthony McGrath, and I'm looking forward to what is hopefully another successful couple of years."

Head coach McGrath welcomed the news and described Cook as an influential figure at the club.

"It's great news that Cooky has committed his future to Essex," said McGrath. "Alastair is still one of the best batters in the world and he's so important for us both on and off the field.

"He has the ability to take the game away from the opponents in both red-ball and white-ball cricket, and that's something every head coach wants in their team.

"He's also a great role model for the younger lads coming through and has a wealth of knowledge that all the players in our dressing room, including the senior pros, tap into from time to time."