Cook out in front on his own in su­perb Eng­land ca­reer

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

AS much as I en­joy watch­ing and lis­ten­ing to David Lloyd on Sky Sports’ cricket cov­er­age, he was bang wrong when say­ing that Alastair Cook should have pos­si­bly made way for the fifth and fi­nal Test against In­dia at The Oval.

If noth­ing else, Cook de­served a proper send-off from the Eng­land fans and his team-mates af­ter such a re­mark­able ca­reer for his coun­try.

I don’t know what the ex­act stats are for Cook, but he has been far and away our most re­li­able bats­man over the last 10 years.

Yes, Kevin Pi­etersen was al­ways more en­joy­able to watch and, in this day and age, that is some­thing that is vital to the fu­ture of the game.

But for sheer, old-fash­ioned dogged grind­ing out an in­nings, no­body could beat Cook and he has had some fan­tas­tic bat­tles with front­line bowlers over the years.

I was never as con­vinced about him as Eng­land cap­tain – just don’t think he had the per­son­al­ity to carry it off – but as a No1 bats­man, we will strug­gle to find his kind ever again. THE com­ments made by Michael Vaughan on Ceefax last week­end HEAD­ING OUT: about Johnny Bairstow were dis­grace­ful. Who on earth does he think he is?

As the say­ing goes “With friends like that you don’t need en­e­mies”. I RE­ALLY do think that some of our top or­der bats­men lack the back­bone to build a big in­nings.

The fault I’m sure is their play­ing of the one day game, par­tic­u­larly 20/20, with its em­pha­sis on fast scor­ing.

Re­ally the likes of Root shouldn’t be play­ing in the Aus­tralian Big Bash tour­na­ment un­til he gets his mojo back in the first-class game. play with a dif­fer­ent cap­tain ev­ery other game in the County Cham­pi­onship, while there has been a crazy lack of con­sis­tency in se­lec­tion. Even be­fore a bowl was thrown down in anger we had the silly IPL ex­its, and the dis­rup­tions have not stopped all sea­son. It would have tested most coaches, so An­drew Gale de­serves credit for do­ing a very tough job in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances.

Alastair Cook is cur­rently play­ing his fi­nal Test for Eng­land af­ter an un­ri­valled ca­reer at the top of the or­der.

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