England news August 14, 2011

Cook surges to third spot in Test ratings

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Alastair Cook's marathon 294, that helped England dethrone India from the No. 1 spot in Tests, has catapulted him to a career-best third spot in the ICC rankings for Test batsmen. Cook, who had endured poor form in the first two Tests, came into his own at Edgbaston to pick up 92 points and move to a rating of 836, just two shy of Kumar Sangakkara at No. 2. Jacques Kallis (883) stayed firmly on top of the table, while Sachin Tendulkar (808), still looking for his 100th international century, was pushed to fourth.

Cook joined his colleagues Jonathan Trott (5th) and Ian Bell (7th) in the top ten, while Kevin Pietersen's 63 at Edgbaston pushed him up two spots to 13th. Andrew Strauss (34th) and Eoin Morgan (52nd) also moved up thanks to their contributions to the win.

It was a forgettable match for India's batsmen, who were unable to reach 250 in either innings at Edgbaston, continuing their woeful returns as a team through the series. Virender Sehwag, who bagged a king pair after making a much-hyped return to the side, dropped seven places to 17th, while VVS Laxman slipped out of the top ten, to 12th. Rahul Dravid (14th), who hit centuries in the first two Tests of the series, also suffered a demotion by three spots, and Gautam Gambhir fell to 30th. MS Dhoni was the only Indian batsman to move up, with his twin 70s taking him to 36th.

England's bowlers also prospered, with James Anderson reaching a career-high rating of 803, cementing his No. 2 spot, separating the South African new-ball pair - Dale Steyn (899) and Morne Morkel (751). Tim Bresnan moved up nine places to the 16th spot, while Stuart Broad surged to joint fifth alongside Graeme Swann, who has had a quiet series. Broad's impressive showing in the series also pitchforked him to second in the allrounders list, three points ahead of Daniel Vettori (364). Kallis remained on top of that list as well, with 451 points.

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  • Valavan on August 16, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    Cook, we need one more 150+ this series to make up your loss in 2 first tests. We want to see that you grind the opposition bowlers to dust.

  • Domzo on August 15, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan: I think because Cook still has a technical issue against the moving ball early in his innings, which he is working hard to correct. India's new ball bowlers have been good enough at swing bowling to exploit that several times. The thing is, once he gets through that period, as several teams have found recently to their cost, Cook has an absolutely relentless appetite for runs, a massive reserve of concentration and excellent levels of general fitness which mean he can bat long without too much problem. Get him early or beware...particularly if he and Trott come together.

  • wibblewibble on August 15, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas

    Flat and pace friendly? I know Indian fans don't really know what a pace friendly track is, but a flat track is not pace friendly. Besides, if Edgbaston was such a flat track, how did India fail to make 250 twice?

    Really looking forward to the next few tours, until we've beaten everyone in their own back yards there will still be crowing from certain fans.

    PS: Cook in Asia: 9 matches, 974 runs, top score 173, average 57. I think he'll be fine.

  • sachin_vvsfan on August 15, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    I still wonder why he couldn't get a 50 in the first 2 matches against the same mediocre bowling attack. Not sure if he had his chances in that double ton but he definitely looks like the opener ENG badly wanted after trescothics mysterious absence in the team.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 15, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer, Indians goofed it up big time. They played absolutely poor cricket. I won't contest that. So what's your point mate? Let me put this question to you, why wouldn't your batsmen have half decent averages on 'flat', 'batmen friendly' 'runfest' wickets of the sub-continent?

  • danmcb on August 15, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    @Dravid_gravitas : there you go again ... " flat, pace friendly". Hmmm, you are using a different cricket dictionary to the rest of the world. Flat = the ball rarely gets over knee high, slow bounce, little seam movement. Like you have in India. Your best were found out on *non-flat* tracks, my friend. Worked over. Exposed. And they weren't even that venomous either.

  • on August 15, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    @Chris Sun: The 'Can' plays major role here. Tendulkar is just not master but he has the ability to carry run feast for 2 decades which not many people have that. Example : Kevin peterson made centuries at greater pace in his early stage of carreer, the big middle slump made far behind that pace.... But sincerly all the best to Cook

  • on August 15, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Alastair Cook (Cooky) is the BEST thing in Cricket right now! He's Number 3 in the world right now, and not long to go until he's Number 1. And on top of that he's hot too.

  • on August 15, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    Cook played magnificently well. Awesome shots, cool temper and patience. His batting style is awesome. The people who are saying that this track was very flat and pace friendly etc. and Cook's 294 was a piece of cake tell me that why India was unable to get 250 in both innings with their epic batting line? Cook has a class and you cannot deny the fact and you cannot say that he score only in home matches.

  • cricket-fan2011 on August 15, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    Captain cool said in one of the test in WI that he would have been his hotel room if umpire had made right decisions. Now he is going back to his hotel room a day earlier in every test match even Umpires Steve davis, Billy Bowden, and english players were so generous in giving them to many opportunities.

  • Valavan on August 16, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    Cook, we need one more 150+ this series to make up your loss in 2 first tests. We want to see that you grind the opposition bowlers to dust.

  • Domzo on August 15, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan: I think because Cook still has a technical issue against the moving ball early in his innings, which he is working hard to correct. India's new ball bowlers have been good enough at swing bowling to exploit that several times. The thing is, once he gets through that period, as several teams have found recently to their cost, Cook has an absolutely relentless appetite for runs, a massive reserve of concentration and excellent levels of general fitness which mean he can bat long without too much problem. Get him early or beware...particularly if he and Trott come together.

  • wibblewibble on August 15, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas

    Flat and pace friendly? I know Indian fans don't really know what a pace friendly track is, but a flat track is not pace friendly. Besides, if Edgbaston was such a flat track, how did India fail to make 250 twice?

    Really looking forward to the next few tours, until we've beaten everyone in their own back yards there will still be crowing from certain fans.

    PS: Cook in Asia: 9 matches, 974 runs, top score 173, average 57. I think he'll be fine.

  • sachin_vvsfan on August 15, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    I still wonder why he couldn't get a 50 in the first 2 matches against the same mediocre bowling attack. Not sure if he had his chances in that double ton but he definitely looks like the opener ENG badly wanted after trescothics mysterious absence in the team.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 15, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer, Indians goofed it up big time. They played absolutely poor cricket. I won't contest that. So what's your point mate? Let me put this question to you, why wouldn't your batsmen have half decent averages on 'flat', 'batmen friendly' 'runfest' wickets of the sub-continent?

  • danmcb on August 15, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    @Dravid_gravitas : there you go again ... " flat, pace friendly". Hmmm, you are using a different cricket dictionary to the rest of the world. Flat = the ball rarely gets over knee high, slow bounce, little seam movement. Like you have in India. Your best were found out on *non-flat* tracks, my friend. Worked over. Exposed. And they weren't even that venomous either.

  • on August 15, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    @Chris Sun: The 'Can' plays major role here. Tendulkar is just not master but he has the ability to carry run feast for 2 decades which not many people have that. Example : Kevin peterson made centuries at greater pace in his early stage of carreer, the big middle slump made far behind that pace.... But sincerly all the best to Cook

  • on August 15, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Alastair Cook (Cooky) is the BEST thing in Cricket right now! He's Number 3 in the world right now, and not long to go until he's Number 1. And on top of that he's hot too.

  • on August 15, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    Cook played magnificently well. Awesome shots, cool temper and patience. His batting style is awesome. The people who are saying that this track was very flat and pace friendly etc. and Cook's 294 was a piece of cake tell me that why India was unable to get 250 in both innings with their epic batting line? Cook has a class and you cannot deny the fact and you cannot say that he score only in home matches.

  • cricket-fan2011 on August 15, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    Captain cool said in one of the test in WI that he would have been his hotel room if umpire had made right decisions. Now he is going back to his hotel room a day earlier in every test match even Umpires Steve davis, Billy Bowden, and english players were so generous in giving them to many opportunities.

  • RD270 on August 15, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    I would rather watch paint dry than endure Cook's batting. He is going through a good run at the moment.

    Neither does he have a great technique, nor is he an incorrect match changer like Sehwag.

    He is an ordinary player making the most of his good form. It wont last beyond 2011!

  • on August 15, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    Cook looks like the only person who can overhaul Sachin Tendulkar's record of 14000 plus runs. If he plays for as long as Tendulkar, he could well and truly make 15000, maybe overtake Brian Lara's 400no world record as well. The possibilities are endless.

  • K.A.K on August 14, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    Australia is on the bounce back and SA so far had a quiet season. It will be an exciting fall for the players. India should play in the sub-continent to improve their player's rankings:)

  • GMM291 on August 14, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas - I echo the words of Martin C. Also, that's the second post where you have desrcibed England's pitches as 'flat, pace friendly tracks'. I think you're a little confused. If a pitch is flat, it is not usually described as pace friendly as it makes it easier for the batsmen and means a lot of hard work for the bowlers. If a pitch offers bounce and/or seam movement then it could be described as pace friendly but certainly not flat. The two do not go hand in hand so I'm not sure what point you are trying to make...?

    I would also like to point out that Cook has already scored runs on sub-continent 'spin friendly pitches' and unless India can get Harbhajan interested in test cricket again, and find another test class spinner to compliment him, then India's attack looks fairly toothless and this England batting line up will score a hatful of runs in India as well... especially Cook. The man has ridiculous powers of concentration.

  • on August 14, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Anythings possible with a weak bowling attack and bat friendly pitches, hence why the likes of Cook,Pieterson,Yuvraj singh.These types wouldnt have a clue against proper bowling from Ambrose, Walsh, Akram,donald. Inflated averages. If you were to put cook,pieterson,yuvraj and a few others of these guys who have been playing for the last 8 years against quality bowlers like ambrose, walsh,donald, younis,akram warne etc on PROPER pitches they would be averaging about 30-35 in test cricket. I've been watching cricket for 25 years so i know what i'm talking about.

  • Clive_Dunn on August 14, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    Cook also scored a shed load in Bangladesh last time out, he has more problems against quality swing than he does against average spin.

  • rooplekha on August 14, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    Cook is the very best we have. He's a run machine - no ostentation, no nonsense.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 14, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    @Martin, no sour grapes here. Take a bow to Cook. Yes he did score well over the past 12 months or whatever on tracks that are monotonous, predicatable, flat pace friendly tracks. Just because you guys play on flat pace friendly tracks all your life doesn't mean spin friendly tracks are also flat like your tracks. That's what I'm saying. Even in those familiar dead tracks he scored well in one inning, at home. What do you want me to say? Shout at the top of my voice that Cook is the next best thing after sliced bread? @Optic, yes Cook does have a century or so in India and hats off to him for that. Yes, Cook looks very solid. I'll look forward for the other master technician Ian Bell to come good in the sub-continent because he has the technique to survive on challenging spinning tracks and not just on dead English pitches.

  • CricketingStargazer on August 14, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Gravitas, if the trrack was so flat, why is it that the much-hyped Indian batting is still waiting to each 300 after six innings the series. Are you suggesting that the Indian batting is so poor? In fact, India have not even got close to making 300 in an innings even after winning two tosses. Let's invert the question: why couldn't India score big runs in the Caribbean and in England and why won't they score runs in Austalia, where they still have yet to win a series?

  • Optic on August 14, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas Got a ton on debut in India didn't he, he also averages more away from home than at home, 55 away average, he's also scored tons in every country, apart from NZ. I reckon he'll do good, scoring runs in the sub continent is not usually the problem, it's taking 20 wickets.

  • MartinC on August 14, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    Dravid - thanks for the passive aggressive sour grapes. One innings? Check his record over the last 12 months including an away series in Aus. On his career his stats are very similar to Tendulkar at the same age and number of tests - even though I know that comparison will be anathema to you. Tendulkar had a higher average at this point and a couple more centuries but Cook has scored more runs.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 14, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Well played Cook. He has performed well on the flat, pace friendly tracks in England in one inning. Let's see how he performs on the challenging spin friendly tracks in India and the sub-continent.

  • on August 14, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Cookie u r the best.. he is not only good batsman but he is good looking too :D

  • on August 14, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Alastair Cook will break all batting records for an English player , the guy is a machine . Especially as there are not to many strong bowling attacks around at the moment , what on earth is he going to do against Australia when there over here next ! .

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  • on August 14, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Alastair Cook will break all batting records for an English player , the guy is a machine . Especially as there are not to many strong bowling attacks around at the moment , what on earth is he going to do against Australia when there over here next ! .

  • on August 14, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Cookie u r the best.. he is not only good batsman but he is good looking too :D

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 14, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Well played Cook. He has performed well on the flat, pace friendly tracks in England in one inning. Let's see how he performs on the challenging spin friendly tracks in India and the sub-continent.

  • MartinC on August 14, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    Dravid - thanks for the passive aggressive sour grapes. One innings? Check his record over the last 12 months including an away series in Aus. On his career his stats are very similar to Tendulkar at the same age and number of tests - even though I know that comparison will be anathema to you. Tendulkar had a higher average at this point and a couple more centuries but Cook has scored more runs.

  • Optic on August 14, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas Got a ton on debut in India didn't he, he also averages more away from home than at home, 55 away average, he's also scored tons in every country, apart from NZ. I reckon he'll do good, scoring runs in the sub continent is not usually the problem, it's taking 20 wickets.

  • CricketingStargazer on August 14, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Gravitas, if the trrack was so flat, why is it that the much-hyped Indian batting is still waiting to each 300 after six innings the series. Are you suggesting that the Indian batting is so poor? In fact, India have not even got close to making 300 in an innings even after winning two tosses. Let's invert the question: why couldn't India score big runs in the Caribbean and in England and why won't they score runs in Austalia, where they still have yet to win a series?

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 14, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    @Martin, no sour grapes here. Take a bow to Cook. Yes he did score well over the past 12 months or whatever on tracks that are monotonous, predicatable, flat pace friendly tracks. Just because you guys play on flat pace friendly tracks all your life doesn't mean spin friendly tracks are also flat like your tracks. That's what I'm saying. Even in those familiar dead tracks he scored well in one inning, at home. What do you want me to say? Shout at the top of my voice that Cook is the next best thing after sliced bread? @Optic, yes Cook does have a century or so in India and hats off to him for that. Yes, Cook looks very solid. I'll look forward for the other master technician Ian Bell to come good in the sub-continent because he has the technique to survive on challenging spinning tracks and not just on dead English pitches.

  • rooplekha on August 14, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    Cook is the very best we have. He's a run machine - no ostentation, no nonsense.

  • Clive_Dunn on August 14, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    Cook also scored a shed load in Bangladesh last time out, he has more problems against quality swing than he does against average spin.

  • on August 14, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Anythings possible with a weak bowling attack and bat friendly pitches, hence why the likes of Cook,Pieterson,Yuvraj singh.These types wouldnt have a clue against proper bowling from Ambrose, Walsh, Akram,donald. Inflated averages. If you were to put cook,pieterson,yuvraj and a few others of these guys who have been playing for the last 8 years against quality bowlers like ambrose, walsh,donald, younis,akram warne etc on PROPER pitches they would be averaging about 30-35 in test cricket. I've been watching cricket for 25 years so i know what i'm talking about.