A return to the England side for Sir Alastair Cook cannot be ruled out, according to Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate.
Cook retired from the England Test team after scoring 12,472 runs in 161 matches. He signed off in style in his last innings by hitting 147 at The Oval.
The 34-year-old struck a sublime century in his first innings for Essex since retiring from Test cricket.
The opener, who was knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours list, got to 150 not out before they declared on 387-5.
England’s record run-scorer hit 21 boundaries off the student attack and delivered an ominous message to County Championship bowlers for the season ahead.
Speaking to talkSPORT 2, Essex skipper ten Doeschate did not rule out a return to the Test side this summer with an Ashes series looming.
He said: “It is a possibility. Just speaking to him and gauging where he’s at I would say it is unlikely but I know how much he does love England cricket and how much work he has put in there.
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“I wouldn’t rule it out in times of desperation. If he was playing really well and the desire was there then I guess there’s no reason why he can’t make a comeback.”
The man most under pressure in the England side is Keaton Jennings who struggled in Sri Lanka and the West Indies.