National selector Ed Smith says there could be a role to play for Alastair Cook as he prepares to retire from England duty. The opener is currently playing in his final international in the ongoing fifth Test at the Oval, bringing the curtain down on a representative career that has seen him play 161 five-day matches, scoring more than 12,000 runs with 32 centuries.
Cook will continue to play county cricket with Essex beyond his international retirement and Smith has hinted that the ECB could still look to use him, even if it is in an unofficial capacity.
The national selector believes the 33-year-old’s wealth of knowledge and experience is too valuable a resource to ignore as English cricket looks to move forward.
“It’ll be terrific for England cricket to tap into him as a resource,” he told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek.
“I’ve had the odd chat with him about bowlers and batters this summer. But next year, maybe we can have something a bit more formal where he comes and really advises on the players he’s been playing against.
“He’s been a captain, a player and is the leading run-scorer in history. He’s a calm, balanced and fair person – so I think we’ve got to try to tap into that knowledge and wisdom.
“It doesn’t necessarily have to be that structured – maybe someone who people know they can talk to as a trusted adviser.”