Opening batsman who captained England's Test team a national-record 59 times from 2009 to 2017. He also served as the ODI captain from 2010-2014, setting another national record with 69 appearances as skipper. He carried his bat to an unbeaten 244 during the 2017 Boxing Day Ashes Test, the highest score ever for a playing carrying his bat through an innings.
He joined the Essex Academy at age 15 and made his first-class debut right after he finished school at the end of the 2003 season.
He became the youngest English-born cricketer to reach 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, and 10,000 runs. In 2012, he captained England to its first Test series win in India since 1984-1985. He became the first English batsman to reach 12,000 Test runs.
He married his childhood sweetheart, Alice Hunt, in December of 2011. He has a daughter named Elsie.