Cook re­laxed over coach

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LON­DON — Eng­land cap­tain Alas­tair Cook said the on­go­ing un­cer­tainty over the iden­tity of the team’s next per­ma­nent coach would not bother him so long as his side kept win­ning.

As re­ports emerged on Mon­day that Australia’s Trevor Bayliss had emerged as the front-run­ner to re­place the sacked Peter Moores as Eng­land coach rather than com­pa­triot Ja­son Gille­spie, the long-time favourite, Cook’s men were com­plet­ing a stunning 124-run win in the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s.

“Ob­vi­ously it would be great if we do have a new coach,” said Cook af­ter Eng­land went 1-0 up in the two-match se­ries.

“We’re a lit­tle bit in limbo but if we’re in a lit­tle bit in limbo and keep play­ing like that I’ll be happy.”

This match was a tri­umph for Cook who, hav­ing ended his two-year wait for a Test cen­tury against the West Indies in Bar­ba­dos ear­lier this month, made 162 - his first Test ton on home soil since 2013 - in Eng­land’s sec­ond innings at Lord’s.he was also able to watch from the other end as Ben Stokes struck the fastest-ever Test hun­dred at Lord’s, off just 85 balls, on a sen­sa­tional Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Eng­land, 134 runs be­hind on first innings, even­tu­ally set the Black Caps a tar­get of 345 on Mon­day’s fi­nal day be­fore dis­miss­ing the tourists for 220.Stokes, born in New Zealand but brought up in Eng­land from the age of 12, starred with the ball too by tak­ing the key wickets of Kane Wil­liamson and Black Caps skip­per Bren­don Mccul­lum in suc­ces­sive balls on Mon­day dur­ing a re­turn of three for 38. — Reuters

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