May 10, 2010

English cricket

The county game must go on

Nitin Sundar

The travails of Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook in the current county season proves that the championship is still a stern test of abilities, writes Christopher Martin-Jenkins in the Times Online.

So far this season it has produced some interesting, vibrant and, on the smaller grounds at least, well-supported cricket. The England Test players who have missed the party in the Caribbean, notably Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook, have been reminded what a stern school the county circuit still is.

Neither of the established opening pair has found batting easy on pitches inclined to give bowlers just a little bit more help in early season than the Test surfaces of high summer: Strauss has scored 249 runs from his ten innings at an average of 24.9, Cook 155 from six innings at 25.

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