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Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate has admitted that losing Alastair Cook to an England comeback is a 'possibility'.
Cook announced his retirement from international cricket last September with a knock of 147 in the fifth Test against India at The Oval. Overall, he played 161 Tests, scoring 12,472 runs with the help of 33 centuries - all three being England records.
Cook, 34, who was knighted in the Queen's New Year Honours list, hit his 64th first-class hundred earlier this week against Cambridge MCCU at Fenner's.
"It is a possibility," ten Doeschate told talkSPORT2 when speaking about the prospects of Cook coming out of retirement.
"Just speaking to him and gauging where he's at, I would say it's unlikely, but I know how much he does love England cricket and how much work he's put in there so no, I wouldn't rule it out in times of desperation and if he was playing really well and he felt the desire was there, I guess there's no reason why he couldn't make a comeback.”
Interestingly, Cook had refused to completely rule out an England comeback as he collected his knighthood at Buckingham Palace earlier this year.
"You can never, never, never say never because you don't know what the situation is," Cook had said. "But I am very, very unlikely ever to play for England again."
Essex beat Cambridge by 286 runs in their three-day match. They will play their County Championship season-opener at Hampshire on April 5.
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