"I can hit a golf ball a long way but struggle with the cricket ball": Cook's career in his own words

Alastair Cook's international career started off with a hectic, 36-hour journey from the Caribbean to the searing heat of Nagpur in 2006. Twelve years and over 12000 runs later, he's set to hang up his boots after one last stab at Test cricket at the Oval this week. We dug up our Quote Unquote archives and got him to sum up various aspects of his career in his own words.