Off the bat
COOK is quite conservative, an accumulator — not the prettiest, most eye-catching batsman. But he gets the job done with an “over my dead body” approach. Clarke is more flamboyant.
Cook is predominantly a back- foot player, playing the ball late and underneath him, while Clarke is a front-foot player who likes to come at the bowler. Cook has had a bad couple of games while his opposite number is in a rich vein of form, but it wasn’t long ago that it was Clarke who was struggling.
OK, Cook was bounced out by Mitchell Johnson in the second innings at Adelaide but in general he likes it short and likes to cut and pull, while Clarke can be vulnerable to the short ball, as Stuart Broad has often shown.