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Cook handed Essex benefit

England captain Alastair Cook has been awarded a benefit year by Essex in 2014.

The 28-year-old, who leads his country in Tests and one-day internationals, has risen through the club's academy system to become one of the leading opening batsmen in world cricket.

Although Alastair Cook's appearances for Essex are rare these days, he was been awarded a benefit year for 2014

Cook said: "I am honoured to be awarded a benefit year by Essex. I'm determined that the year will be fun and I also pledge to donate at least half of the money raised to my four chosen charities personal to me; David Randall Foundation, Chance to Shine, Outreach Uganda and Mind".

Essex chief executive Derek Bowden said: "We are delighted to award Alastair a benefit year for next season as he is a player with immense talent and has proven to be one of the best cricketers Essex County Cricket Club has ever produced. He has always shown his admiration for Essex and is a role model for supporters of the club at all ages."

"I'm sure I can say on behalf of the club, members and supporters that we wish Alastair the best of luck for his benefit year in 2014."

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