Ashes hero captain Cook graces Bucks County Show

England cricket captain Alastair Cook presenting Niall Dallas with the cup for Supreme Beef Champion at Bucks County Show

England cricket captain Alastair Cook presenting Niall Dallas with the cup for Supreme Beef Champion at Bucks County Show

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England cricket captain and Ashes hero Alastair Cook took time out from leading his country to Ashes dominance over the Aussies with a visit to Bucks County Show this week.

Cook, fresh from leading England to yet another Ashes victory over arch rivals Australia, was one of the big names rested for the one-day series against Australia. And what better what to wind down than visiting a celebration of the countryside at the Weedon Park showground near Aylesbury.

There was no rest for the wicked, though, as Cook was asked, and obliged, to hand out awards at the event.

He said: “I was asked to present the young handlers award and maybe a few others, I just do what I’m told really. My wife is really into this sort of stuff so I don’t mind coming down. Obviously when I’m free and like to come and see everything, so it’s nice to be presenting an award. The lovely weather really makes the day a lot nicer too, I’ve really enjoyed myself.”

Cook’s wife, model Alice Hunt, is a farmer’s daughter, and in the off-season the cricketer is known to shun the celebrity limelight, preferring instead to help out on the family farm in Hockliffe, Bedfordshire.

The couple were married locally, at Stewkley Methodist Church last year, and famously departed the venue in a tractor.