After retiring from international cricket in September this year, former England captain Alastair Cook has been knighted in the New Year's Honours.
Cook, who has more Test centuries (33) and runs (12,472) than any other England player accrued during a record 161 Test matches, is the first cricketer to be knighted since legendary all-rounder Ian Botham in 2007.
The 34-year-old opening batsman finished his Test career in the best possible manner with a century against India at The Oval despite having declared there "was nothing left in the tank".
"Alastair Cook has given so much to English cricket and I’m delighted that he has received this honour," said ECB chairman Colin Graves. "It’s a fitting tribute to a man who has led with distinction on and off the pitch ever since he made his England debut.
"The statistics across that time tell the story of his special ability - as do the winners' medals and Ashes trophies - but he is also someone who’s been a great role model for our sport," he added.
Tom Harrison, the ECB CEO also congratulated the former captain, calling him "the very definition of what a sporting role model should be".
"I am absolutely thrilled that Alastair has been awarded a knighthood for his extraordinary service to cricket and to his country," said Harrison.