The acid test

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

WHO has been the most suc­cess­ful cap­tain? Strange as it may sound at the mo­ment, you have to say Cook. Un­til three weeks ago he was win­ning that bat­tle hands down.

Shane Warne de­scribed Clarke as the best cap­tain in the world last sum­mer and his record did not re­flect that, while he said Cook was a bor­ing cap­tain and his record was not re­flect­ing that, ei­ther.

Cook, over the years, has risen to ev­ery chal­lenge but now is the real test for him — as a player and cap­tain. Clarke has come through his hard pe­riod, which even in­cluded Cook giv­ing Aus­tralia a sin­gle to get him on strike in the first in­nings at the Gabba. The way he has re­acted to it showed tough­ness. He faced his mo­ment of truth at 130 for six at the Gabba with him be­ing bounced out, af­ter los­ing 3-0 in Eng­land, and look what has hap­pened since. He has led a spec­tac­u­lar Aus­tralia come­back and Cook must now think “that’s what I’ve got to do”.

Cook is two down and at the WACA must face John­son with the whole of Aus­tralia against him and want­ing his blood, and he will know that this is the time to de­liver. It’s go­ing to be tough for Alas­tair but he has risen to it all be­fore.

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