England can continue to benefit from Cook's knowledge - Smith

Alastair Cook's increased exposure to the county game means he can offer some expertise to England selectors, says Ed Smith.

England's Alastair Cook.   -  Getty Images

England selector Ed Smith hopes to continue to draw on the experience of Alastair Cook after the batsman's retirement from Test cricket.

Cook is playing his final Test after announcing last week that he would quit international cricket at the conclusion of the five-match series with India.

But, England's record Test run scorer has signed a three-year contract with Essex, meaning that he will become a regular face in the County Championship.

And, Smith wants to see the former captain use his increased his exposure to the domestic game to help the national side.

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"It'll be terrific for England cricket to tap into him as a resource. I've had the odd chat with him about bowlers and batters this summer. But, next year, maybe we can have something a bit more formal where he comes and really advises on the players he's been playing against," Smith told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"He's been a captain, a player and is the leading run-scorer in history. He's a calm, balanced and fair person - so I think we've got to try to tap into that knowledge and wisdom."

"It doesn't necessarily have to be that structured - maybe someone who people know they can talk to as a trusted adviser."

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