Run­ning the field

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

Clarke has the edge over Cook on the field and has been very as­tute with his field plac­ings and aware­ness of when to at­tack, es­pe­cially here with the Kook­aburra ball. He re­alises there are times when he must let John­son go and not worry about runs, but there have also been times, even on this tour, when Eng­land have been build­ing a part­ner­ship, as when Joe Root and Kevin Pi­etersen were to­gether in Ade­laide, and Clarke brought Shane Wat­son on to dry it up.

Yes, he has funky fields, but there is more to him than that and he reads the game well. He can make er­rors, like last sum­mer when he omit­ted to have a third man when Ian Bell was ac­cu­mu­lat­ing a lot of runs, but he has learned from that.

Cook is fol­low­ing the ex­am­ple of his pre­de­ces­sor An­drew Strauss in back­ing the dis­ci­pline of his bowl­ing at­tack and at times I think he does need to be a lit­tle more proac­tive and to have a Plan B. At Old Traf­ford last sum­mer Cook barely looked be­yond his four main bowlers, who lead them­selves to an ex­tent.

When you look at Aus­tralia in the field

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