London, Jan 14 : England batsman Alastair Cook has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London for his stupendous show in England's historic Ashes triumph in Australia.
The recognition comes after Cook, who was the Man of the Series, amassed 766 runs in five Tests against the arch-rivals.
The honour is given to the people who have made an outstanding contribution to London life or in the case of exemplary achievements.
"I am greatly honoured and privileged to be given the Freedom of London for doing something I love .beating the Aussies," Cook was quoted as saying by The Guardian.
England captain Andrew Strauss has been bestowed with the honour earlier.
The award was first bestowed in 1237 and originally gave recipients special privileges, such as avoiding arrest if found intoxicated by the police. It is considered as a symbolic gesture nowadays.(IANS)
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