England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley

Cook hails hero Gooch as prepares to break record

England turned to Mark Ramprakash after the Ashes whitewash but Alastair Cook kept his long-term mentor Graham Gooch close. Now surpassing Gooch would be the perfect way, individually, to prepare to win back those Ashes

Graham Gooch chats with Alastair Cook in the nets

Cook's clarity breeds resilience

With his immaculate concentration at Lord's on Sunday, England's captain revealed his mental toughness. Whatever the sphere, the latter flows from the former

Blue skies ahead? Alastair Cook savours victory

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Cook the leader outweighs Cook the captain

Alastair Cook will never be a great orator or tactician. He will never rouse with a speech and rarely surprise with a tactic. Instead he must lead by example. This was the innings of a leader. But it wasn't necessarily the innings of a captain

Alastair Cook takes the applause for a battling century