Cook out in front on his own in superb England career
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.