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Andrew Strauss' replacement England cricket captain, Alastair Cook, was once a chorister at St. Paul's Cathedral
England cricket team captain Alastair Cook, who is replacing the exiting captain Andrew Strauss, was once a chorister at St. Paul's Cathedral, it has emerged. He was a member of the choir from 1994-1999, and sang on several CD recordings.
Cook performed alongside the likes of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa during his time at St. Paul's Cathedral, as well as being an integral part of the Cathedral School's cricket team, unsurprisingly. He was also a keen clarinettist.
He was forced to fit his cricket practice around his commitment to the choir, according to St. Paul's, and reportedly once scored 110 of the cricket team's 127 runs in one memorable game against Westminster Abbey.
In his cricket career, Cook is the only Englishman to have scored seven Test Match centuries before the age of 23. He was awarded an MBE in 2011, and was announced as the new England Captain on Wednesday.