Pupils bowled over by special guest Alastair

PUBLISHED: 08:49 10 February 2015 | UPDATED: 08:49 10 February 2015

Alastair Cooke with children at St Peters school

Alastair Cooke with children at St Peters school


England test cricket captain Alastair Cook dropped in to see pupils at St Peter's School in Lympstone.

The students had a good innings with Alastair, who spent half a day at the school.

A relative of a teacher at the school, the cricketer gave the kids coaching tips, and answered questions.

Both boys and girls, aged from eight to 13, had the chance to learn from – and to bowl at - the man who batted for a record 35 hours in the 2010/11 Ashes series.

He revealed that fellow Essex player Graham Gooch would have been his dream opening partner.

Headteacher Noel Neeson said: “Considering that he came on the day when we were losing a one-day match in Australia, you could say that England’s loss was our gain.

“We have a proud reputation as a cricketing school, and this special visit will have done an enormous amount to boost even further our interest in the summer game.

“It was a revelation and a privilege to meet a man who is so refreshingly honest, so modest and such a consummate professional.”

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