Pakistan v England, 4th ODI, Dubai

Cook to stay for Twenty20 series

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February 21, 2012

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Alastair Cook plays a cut, Pakistan v England, 3rd ODI, Dubai, February, 18, 2012
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Alastair Cook, a victorious captain in England's ODI series win against Pakistan, has confirmed that he will stay on the Twenty20 series.

Cook's reputation as a one-day player blossomed as England whitewashed Pakistan 4-0 and he narrowly failed to become the first England player to make three successive hundreds in one-day internationals.

He stays on because of Ravi Bopara has a stiff back and, even though he is officially only remaining with the squad as cover, England will be tempted to grab an opportunity to see if he can follow up his 50-over form by quashing the belief that he does not have the aptitude for T20 cricket.

"It is not often you get to hit the ball as well as I have done," said Cook, with a broad grin that told of his excitement that he might get a chance in an England Twenty20 team that will now be handed over as planned to Stuart Broad. "We have a couple of niggles in the batting line-up so it is a reason to stay on.

"It's been a great week and a half for us. We played some excellent cricket. Pakistan came here with an excellent record and everybody lived up to the challenge."

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Posted by SDHM on (February 22, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

It's a little noted fact that Cook has a domestic T20 hundred - they're getting less rare nowadays, but it's still no mean feat. He strikes at about 130 too, so it's not like he's a complete plodder. I don't think he'd walk into my team though; it would seem unfair on Hales to take him out and not give him a chance, but if he struggles I can see Cook coming in. He has to take the captaincy if he gets into the side though - n more of this three captains rubbish.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 22, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

@rahulcricket007 on (February 22 2012, 09:35 AM GMT) and satish619chandar on (February 22 2012, 04:04 AM GMT) One of you posts constructive comms based on a deep knowledge of the game whereas the other posts opinions based on assumptions. I'm not sure if Cook can make the grade at international T20 but who knows. Cook is certainly no Chris Gayle but players with big reps like Gayle sometimes don't start off amazingly fast. If Cook can up his SR to 120-130 consistently , which is by no means out of the question we have other guys who can clear the ropes. A team SR of 120-130 would get between 145 and 160 which is often a competitive total. So long as you don't get too many batsmen trying to anchor the inns and guys like Morgan and KP are there to try and do what they are meant to do it could work out ok. Cook's SR is 112 in int T20s which he'd need to up but his domestic SR is 129 and a team SR of 129 gets about 155 which is often competitive.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (February 22, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

i can assure you if cook played in t20 matches it will help more to opposition . i can't see hitting him big sixes . he will surely play all 20 overs with remained not out and making runs like 65 runs of 60 balls .

Posted by ste13 on (February 22, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

This is the end of the world - plodder Cook as T20 player. On a serious note - a good batsman can play any format, look at Warner. A batsma out of form will not succeed in any, look at Sehwag in Australia series.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 5:32 GMT)

Cook is in prime touch and England must cash their chances with him...... Finally it has been proven again that with superb form u can make runs at any ground and in any format .....kevin n cook at their best .....

Posted by satish619chandar on (February 22, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

Given his form and T20 domestic record, he merits this.. Good performance can get him the T20 captaincy too.. With Strauss not in great form, i think Cook ll be the captain in all forms in near future..

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

we have to give a credit to england how the overcome from the whitewash of test series against pakistan.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 22, 2012, 1:55 GMT)

I don't think that it's a bad decision to keep Cook around for the T20s just in case but, as good as he's been in ODIs, I think he's going to have to get better at hitting over the field and not just through the field if he wants to be successful at T20I level. I'm not sure that can do that but I'd love him to prove me wrong, just as he's proven so many wrong regarding his ODI capabilities.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 0:56 GMT)

Dont think he will do much damage in T20.. Good for pak if he plays. He will Slow the run rate down.. Pak will bounce back! 3-0 to Pak this time ;)

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 0:39 GMT)

gooo cookkyyyy !! let the chef cook pakistan !! good luck, hope u continue to make runs for fun

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