Off the bat

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

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.

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