February 23, 2012

Pakistan v England in the UAE 2011-12

Cook's Twenty20 call-up creates confusion

Kanishkaa Balachandran

Alastair Cook, who wasn't part of England's Twenty20 plans, was added to the squad as injury cover, following his new-found one-day form. However, his inclusion has a certain vagueness attached to it because they didn't specify exactly who was injured, writes Barney Ronay in the Guardian.

It is tempting to conclude that this minor confusion is a consequence of emphatic success in the 50-over series sploshing over into the Twenty20. Given his status and his superlative form, it seems fair to conclude that England want Cook in the Twenty20 team. Injuries, as yet unspecified, have given an opportunity. But the lack of clarity gives a perception of baggage attached to the selection that still presents a minor distraction.


Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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