Alastair Cook was born in Gloucester in 1984. He captained England in the 2004 Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh. In 2005 he scored a double-century for Essex against the touring Australians, as a result of which he was voted Young Cricketer of the Year by the Cricket Writers' Club. After scoring a century on his England debut he has continued to shine on the international stage. He was named Young Cricketer of the Year for the second time in 2006.