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Cook admits captaincy flaws

England captain Alastair Cook concedes his captaincy remains flawed as the tourists prepare to take on Australia in the fourth Ashes Test on Boxing Day

December 25, 2013

Posted by AnanRam on (December 25, 2013, 22:08 GMT)

I think Cook has flaws in his technique but has overcome these with sheer will and temperament. When he was piling up runs here in 2010-11, the same bowlers (Johnson, Harris, Siddle) were bowling to his stengths (middle and leg) and were being carted around. This time they are bowling to a plan and have exposed his weaknesses cruelly. In international cricket once they find you out it is hard to survive. We have examples in Raina, Ajantha Mendis and so on.

Cook will not beat Ponting's or even Kallis's record, leave alone Tendulkar's. He is just not in the same class.

Posted by cloudmess on (December 25, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

Fair points made by Cook - he has Andy Flower's straightness and honesty. He probably shouldn't be too hard on himself as captain - he had a pretty good record before this series, and every captain can always improve. If Flower still has the hunger to stay on as England coach (and he is still a young coach), it's possible he needs to review the way he does things too. Perhaps he should give Cook more lee-way in a number of ways, to allow the captain to establish his tactical authority more on the field. One of the reasons that Cook is being labelled an unimaginative captain is that England have been working to carefully pre-determined game-plans for the last few years - which has worked very well up to a point. But you also need a bit of room for spontaneity. It's a balance which Duncan Fletcher and Michael Vaughan managed very well a decade ago.

Posted by Ali_Eorse on (December 25, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

Cook is a great captain from ENG. He is a top player. There are a few great cricketers today. I reckon that Cook will break Tendulkar's (Ponting's and Kallis') records one day. He will have more centuries and a better record than these people. As an opener and a captain he is one of the best. Keep it up, Cook! Make it work now.

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