English cricket September 3, 2012

Cook knows what he wants to do

Alastair Cook's life changed for ever last week when he was appointed to succeed Andrew Strauss as England's Test captain, writes Stephen Brenkley in the Independent

Alastair Cook's life changed for ever last week when he was appointed to succeed Andrew Strauss as England's Test captain, writes Stephen Brenkley in the Independent. It will be fascinating to watch him cope now with juggling the balls.

Everybody assumes that Cook will follow Strauss's template. Maybe, maybe not. He respected and admired Strauss but he has to be his own man with his own ideas, otherwise he may as well be linked up to his predecessor on the pitch
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Those who know Cook also know of his strength of mind, which is why he is such a dogged opening batsman. He will certainly know what he wants to do for England.

Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo

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