May 22, 2012

West Indies in England 2012

Cook's unflinching resolve shines through

Siddhartha Talya

Alastair Cook's apparent fragility in the field is misleading, writes Vic Marks in the Guardian, for he looks in complete control while batting, and his presence in the middle - like at Lord's in the second innings - is reassuring to his team-mates watching from the dressing room.

He does not yet have the earnest authority of Strauss, the self-assurance of Michael Vaughan or the cunning ability to manipulate the subject matter of Nasser Hussain. He is co-operative, eager to please, but sometimes a little nervous. Yet this picture of apparent fragility is utterly misleading.

Ian Bell, too, had a rewarding Test at Lord's and his knock that helped England seal the run-chase indicated he'd put his troubles during the winter behind him, writes Tom Collomosse in the Independent.

That England were challenged by West Indies at Lord's could work out better for the hosts than a one-sided, three-day victory, writes Nasser Hussain in the Daily Mail.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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