June 28, 2011

Sri Lanka in England, 2011

All eyes on Cook

Siddhartha Talya

Alastair Cook takes over as England's ODI captain, knowing that if he succeeds the Test job could be his, writes Stephen Brenkley in the Independent.

More than his change of style, Cook has a steely resolve which has been seen in the manner that he has dominated the Test arena in the past eight months after his very career was put in doubt. But combining the roles of opening batsman and captain will push him to the limits.

Cook might not be a flair player but he'll thrive on the challenge of captaincy, says Nasser Hussain in the Daily Mail.

In the Guardian, however, Mike Selvey writes there must be doubts about whether Cook will be able to raise his game to the level required to succeed.

Cook and his team have several questions to answer and Lawrence Booth, in the Daily Mail, lists them out.

Simon Hughes assesses Cook's performance as captain in the first ODI against Sri Lanka, in the Daily Telegraph.

Sri Lanka failed to challenge England's new boy in charge in the first one-dayer, but not many conclusions should be drawn from a confused night like that, says David Hopps, writing in the Guardian.

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