June 12, 2011

English cricket

Cook lets the good times roll

Akhila Ranganna

Despite his successes the criticisms against Alastair Cook are harsh, rather like picking fault with a thread in the Bayeux tapestry - but they are being made. And it is to Cook’s credit that he was still willing to address them honestly observes Steve James in the Sunday Telegraph.

Talking of right decisions, there are those who feel Cook should not even be in the one-day side, let alone be captain. There are some who worry that it might affect his Test-match game. "I think it will actually help me expand my game," he says. "They are separate skills, but that is one of the challenges for a batter. I’ve got no fear of going in at the top order and not scoring quickly enough. I think I can do that."

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