Watch: Sir Alastair Cook stuns fans with new bowling action; runs while looking at off-side fielders

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Alastair Cook
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Sir Alastair Cook has retired from all formats of international cricket, but he still plays county cricket for Essex. In the first match of the new County Championship season against Kent, Cook grabbed the headlines by scoring a hundred in the first innings. His century powered Essex to a 514-run total in the first innings.

In reply, Kent scored 581 runs despite Joe Denly being absent hurt. The Essex bowlers could not impress much. The captain Tom Westley introduced Sir Alastair Cook into the attack for one over. He bowled six balls and conceded eight runs. That was the only over bowled by Cook in that match.

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While it was just one over, the video of Cook’s bowling has gone viral on social media. The official account of County Championship posted a clip of Cook’s new bowling action on their Twitter handle and captioned it as follows: “Sir Alastair Cook, ever the entertainer.”

Cook seemed to be replicating some other bowler’s action. He ran while looking at a fielder standing on the off-side. Cook had a smile on his face as the commentators joked that he was charging in. He delivered the ball straight and it was a dot ball.

Video of Sir Alastair Cook bowling in county cricket has gone viral on social media

The video posted by County Championship has gone viral on Twitter, receiving close to half a million views inside 24 hours. More than 700 fans have liked it, while it has been retweeted 55 times.

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Former cricketer Rikki Clarke commented: “Shocked that nobody has worked this out and would be even more shocked if Iā€™m wrong. But this is clearly mocking the great man Darren Stevens.” You can watch the video right here:

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