Alastair Cook played 92 one-day internationals for England

Former England captain Alastair Cook has earned an automatic place in the 2018 North-South series – a competition designed to look at players on the fringes of the national one-day team.

Cook has not played a one-day international since he was sacked as limited-overs captain in December 2014.

The 32-year-old has scored 503 One-Day Cup runs for Essex this season putting him third in the MVP Rankings.