Cook's form invites vultures
Alastair Cook's recent form has invited scathing criticism from experts. While some have suggested that Cook should drop himself from the side, others are prepared to wait and watch, writes Andy Wilson in the Guardian
It will be in the second innings here - when India will be the real vultures, which at least has a little ornithological accuracy as the birds are making a welcome comeback in pockets of the subcontinent - and in the Tests at Southampton, Manchester and at The Oval, if he survives that long, that Cook must save himself. "I'm not sure he will come through this," said Brearley, with devastating honesty. "A lot will depend on the next match or two. If England lose this series and he fails to get any big scores, it will be hard for him to stay in the job.""
Scyld Berry, in the Telegraph, focues on Gary Ballance, saying the batsman from Zimbabwe has adopted similar virtues as Graham Thorpe and Jonathan Trott.