Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide December 4, 2013

Cook wants no repeat of 'ugly' Brisbane scenes

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Alastair Cook has called upon both teams to "play the game in the right way" on the eve of the second Ashes Test.

Cook, the England captain, described the final moments of the first Test in Brisbane as "ugly" and admitted that Jeff Crowe, the ICC match referee, had met both captains separately to discuss the manner in which the match was played. Michael Clarke, the Australian captain, was fined 20% of his match fee after he was heard telling James Anderson to "get ready for a broken f****** arm" in the dying minutes of the game.

Now Cook has accepted that both he and Clarke have a responsibility to ensure that their sides do not overstep the mark.

"It's important that both sides recognise a couple of scenes in that last game weren't great for the game of cricket," Cook said. "I think both sides recognise that. It's important we play in the right way. People want to see real tough cricket, it's what they enjoy, especially between Australia and England, but there's got to be a boundary we don't cross.

"Maybe last week we let emotion get ahead of ourselves a little bit on some occasions and it became a little bit ugly. Michael and I have responsibility as captains to make sure that doesn't happen.

"Some of those scenes were ugly at the end of that game and we do have a duty to play the game in the right way. We want to play tough cricket just like Australia do but we have to make sure we stick to those boundaries and I bear a responsibility for that."

While Clarke was the man penalised by the ICC, Cook accepts that England were no less culpable for the atmosphere in which the game was played. And while he insisted that there should be no let-up in the intensity of such matches, he felt that both sides had to be careful not to let the emotion of the moment push them over the edge.

"We know the responsibility we have when we pull on the shirt," he said. "And no matter how much emotion there is in the game, we know how many are watching us and we know what responsibility we have to the game. Whether we got it right or wrong in that game I don't know but we have got to make sure we behave as appropriately as we can out there. There are always guidelines."

Cook did accept, however, that there were times when "sledging" could prove effective and admitted his own concentration had been disrupted at times.

"Anyone who says they've never been affected by sledging is lying," he said. "Something will always be said or done which will distract you for that split second. You might listen to it and get a little bit annoyed. The skill of it is how you handle the next ball. I don't think anyone will say they don't hear it or don't recognise it.

"It's not a tea party and nor should it be. People pay to see tough competitive cricket. People are wanting to see hard Test cricket. That's what people love about the Ashes or love about any competitive cricket.

"And it will be tough cricket here. It's going to be brilliant cricket over the next five days. We have to come back and prove we're a good side after the loss in Brisbane and obviously Australia want to keep us down, so I think it's going to be a great Test match."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • shane-oh on December 5, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    @pat_one_back - in my defence, Cook isn't the only batsman who I would defend from unwarranted criticism. As a fan of the game, I believe in giving due respect to players who deliver on a regular basis. But there are always those willing to try and tear such players down when the team they support are playing against them.

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on December 5, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    @muzika_tchaikovskogo

    Then how did trott play so well on the first day of that series when there were relatively less bouncers bowled??

  • Ross_Co on December 5, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    The right way must apparently include pitch doctoring & sending out runners to slow play to a crawl.

  • trumpoz on December 4, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    Wow - sledging. Get over it people. Things get said on the field - they have been for decades at international and local level. Anyone who thinks this is not part of the game is fooling themselves. It is - regardless of if you like it or not. It will never be stamped out - all teams use it from internation to local level.

  • ShutTheGate on December 4, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    Clarke should strike a deal with Cook.

    The Aussie will agree to not cross the imaginary line if Cook agrees to not go out there and occupy the crease without trying to score runs.

    As good as a batsmen as Cook is he can be so boring to watch when he gets in one of those moods. The first innings at the Oval earlier this year for example.

  • pat_one_back on December 4, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    @Shane-oh, recent form is the Ashes! Forgive me for being blinkered by a need for relevance, clearly the world looks different through Cookie coloured glasses and we'll have to agree to disagree.

  • on December 4, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Warren everyone in the world knows the Aussies are poor sports. It's supposed to be played in the right spirit. I've watched cricket for many years and never seen scenes like that before. Congrats on RT to his double ton.

  • Clavers on December 4, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    What absolutely hypocritical drivel from Cook. I have never heard Cook complain that England fans (the Barmy Army) in their thousands sledge opposition players by chanting obscenities in unison. I'd say the atmosphere in Brisbane was actually better than usual -- the Barmy Army had to shut up because the favourite target of their abuse was tearing England apart.

    The most intense sledging I've ever seen was by one K. Pietersen when he bowled an over of his part-time off-spin to Matthew Hayden. I suppose he knew he was no great shakes as a bowler and that his best chance of fluking a wicket was to annoy the hell out of Hayden by sledging him and thereby provoke a rash shot.

    As for the use of aggressive short-pitched bowling as a tactic, do we not remember how Flintoff forced Phil Hughes out of the Australian team in 2009 with his bouncer attack? This style of play is part and parcel of the game of cricket. Australia just happen to be executing it well at the moment.

  • p77gin on December 4, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    i just find it difficult to understand one thing. why do adjectives like "tough", "hard" need to be applied to the word cricket? play cricket for god's sake. that's all there is to it. play "good" cricket.

  • on December 4, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    What hes saying in a roundabout way is that england can only play cricket without the mental pressure of an aggressive opponent. shame. I thought this was a mans game. He also forgets that england have not been welcoming to australians. whats the difference here. hes just trying to use the press to put pressure on teh aussies to play it englands way. rather cowardly really.

  • shane-oh on December 5, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    @pat_one_back - in my defence, Cook isn't the only batsman who I would defend from unwarranted criticism. As a fan of the game, I believe in giving due respect to players who deliver on a regular basis. But there are always those willing to try and tear such players down when the team they support are playing against them.

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on December 5, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    @muzika_tchaikovskogo

    Then how did trott play so well on the first day of that series when there were relatively less bouncers bowled??

  • Ross_Co on December 5, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    The right way must apparently include pitch doctoring & sending out runners to slow play to a crawl.

  • trumpoz on December 4, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    Wow - sledging. Get over it people. Things get said on the field - they have been for decades at international and local level. Anyone who thinks this is not part of the game is fooling themselves. It is - regardless of if you like it or not. It will never be stamped out - all teams use it from internation to local level.

  • ShutTheGate on December 4, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    Clarke should strike a deal with Cook.

    The Aussie will agree to not cross the imaginary line if Cook agrees to not go out there and occupy the crease without trying to score runs.

    As good as a batsmen as Cook is he can be so boring to watch when he gets in one of those moods. The first innings at the Oval earlier this year for example.

  • pat_one_back on December 4, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    @Shane-oh, recent form is the Ashes! Forgive me for being blinkered by a need for relevance, clearly the world looks different through Cookie coloured glasses and we'll have to agree to disagree.

  • on December 4, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Warren everyone in the world knows the Aussies are poor sports. It's supposed to be played in the right spirit. I've watched cricket for many years and never seen scenes like that before. Congrats on RT to his double ton.

  • Clavers on December 4, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    What absolutely hypocritical drivel from Cook. I have never heard Cook complain that England fans (the Barmy Army) in their thousands sledge opposition players by chanting obscenities in unison. I'd say the atmosphere in Brisbane was actually better than usual -- the Barmy Army had to shut up because the favourite target of their abuse was tearing England apart.

    The most intense sledging I've ever seen was by one K. Pietersen when he bowled an over of his part-time off-spin to Matthew Hayden. I suppose he knew he was no great shakes as a bowler and that his best chance of fluking a wicket was to annoy the hell out of Hayden by sledging him and thereby provoke a rash shot.

    As for the use of aggressive short-pitched bowling as a tactic, do we not remember how Flintoff forced Phil Hughes out of the Australian team in 2009 with his bouncer attack? This style of play is part and parcel of the game of cricket. Australia just happen to be executing it well at the moment.

  • p77gin on December 4, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    i just find it difficult to understand one thing. why do adjectives like "tough", "hard" need to be applied to the word cricket? play cricket for god's sake. that's all there is to it. play "good" cricket.

  • on December 4, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    What hes saying in a roundabout way is that england can only play cricket without the mental pressure of an aggressive opponent. shame. I thought this was a mans game. He also forgets that england have not been welcoming to australians. whats the difference here. hes just trying to use the press to put pressure on teh aussies to play it englands way. rather cowardly really.

  • stormy16 on December 4, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    I dont understand what is commonly referred to as "part of the game" requires repeated discussion. Cook in one breath is stating he wants no repeat of the ugly Gabba matters but then states that everyone wants this to be part of the game etc. So what is the confusion? We want sledging but only in small dosses. That sounds easy enough but how do you define or police this? Well you cant and hence we stand around having these debates which is why sledging has never been part of the game - check the rules if you doubt me.

    The other irony of sledging is it's more than likely to be an issue around an Aus win. Doubt me again - I cannot recall any of this way of playing in the last 8 tests in India or Eng.

  • Ragav999 on December 4, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    @shane-oh: Cook made his debut and his career average is 48.Can't some one assume he had a 3 year purple patch just like the entire English team? He is just coming back to his original level like the entire England team which played above its ability for 1.5-2 years especially with 3 last wicket standing draws and auspicious rain intervntions in their favour. All their team hit peak form at the same time which is not usually observed so it caused everyone to really believe that they are the greatest English team of all time which they were not. They were a good team and are a good team, just that the output is returning to its original level.

  • chitti_cricket on December 4, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    @ John Abdullah, My dear friend, All I was referring in my comments was only regarding cricket, We do watch Ice hockey, NBC Sports, American Football etc. But please distinguish them from cricket, where no such physical intensity is involved among opposition players and played very gracefully by our previous generations. Even in body line series look at Australian captain's comments "There are two teams playing out there, one playing cricket and other not". How sober that was. And that is the reason why I made my kids join cricket academy in Houston, TX than a football or Basketball academies. And what notion that gives to them when they hear comments such as Clarke made and they were public?

  • on December 4, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Have to smile at some of the comments such as chitti_cricket on (December 4, 2013, 13:15 GMT) OK American (We are Malaysian BTW) and there is no sledging in American sport? Hum - Ice Hockey, now that's a gentlemen's game and you never see brawls, likewise baseball and having played baseball for many years in Australia - the catcher never shuts up and the umpire is less than half a metre behind him, and the brawls, gridiron - repeat the above and closer to home rugby, league, aussie rules, soccer. Maybe cricket and tennis are the last bastions of civilisation. Yet didn't Thommo quite famously state that he loved the sight of a batsman's blood? Personally a good all in brawl at the toss or at first drop would spice the crowd nicely. There is already "Boof" Lehmann - why not "Clasher" Clarke, "Cruncher" Cook and "Wilting" Flower - think of the ratings!!!

  • Green_and_Gold on December 4, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    This is what you get when you run ashed back to back - there was no break in the series really. Typically there is a 1.5 - 2.5 year break where the build up leads to excitement and the fans dont worry so much about what happened in the previous series (except for the result) i.e. you wouldnt get the broad bashing as bad as what it has been. That being said - im behind the aussies and their assertive way of playing. Barring Warners comments (i think he just dosent know better - not a guy who has media sense) the game and behaviour has been fair. I recall the English booing Ponting many times over a series - if Eng can dish it out then they should be able to take it. Man up England!

  • chitti_cricket on December 4, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Upon looking at the long careers of Cook and his other England colleagues I see he is one very sober cricketer and did not see him sledging anyone and encouraging sledging. He looks a good ambassador of gentlemen cricket when he was a normal player and captain. In fact this time Clarke being the perpetrator or involved in, he downgraded himself in the eyes of cricket loving public (note: outside Australia). These guys should understand one thing, modern day cricket is not only watched by their respective nations but also by many neutrals like me all over the world. I allow my kids to watch cricket and explain them about the finer and esthetic points of it (American born kids) and cannot explain them silly things like these. These kind of things in their short life of following cricket, shockingly they found out it is Australians who do these things more than any other team though they play great compared to other teams. Aussies you have some respect and try to keep it intact mates.

  • shane-oh on December 4, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    @Jared Hansen - oh, I completely agree about Lehmann. He was on a hiding to nothing when he took the job on, and he certainly seems to have managed to get the buy-in of the players, even if they couldn't pull it off in the Ashes - and despite the scoreline, we all know it was a tight series. I was only responding to an earlier post which suggested Lehmann had walked in and figured out how to beat the English. He clearly didn't. But I didn't mean to suggest Lehmann coming in didn't have a noticeable effect on the players.

    @pat_one_back - I disagree. You have Ashes blinkers on. A more valuable exercise is to look at his recent form, rather than his recent form against one team. Whether you look at the last year, or 2, or 3, he has been batting well. Even pretending that only Ashes matches matter - in this run you mention, he has passed 50 four times, with a number of other starts. OK, he hasn't converted yet, but it's pretty clear he has no fear of the Australian bowling IMO

  • on December 4, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    @Jared Hansen, I think what he meant was that Lehmann is delivering the team in the right direction but to say that he's worked out the entire English team would be an overstatement. Don't get me wrong, he's doing great as a coach, the team is finally looking aggressive after a long long time but I guess we still have to wait until one or two more series to assess his effectiveness as a coach.

  • pat_one_back on December 4, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Reviewing Cook's past 12 innings against Aust is hardly statistical trickery @shane-oh, his extended run of ordinary form is a lot more relevant to his next innings than achievements from yesteryears. I hope you don't bet on horses... Folk here would be all over Clarke after a run like this, I fail to see why Cook is immune from being judged on form. He's basically the opposite to Warner, out of touch, respected but not feared.

  • on December 4, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    @Shane-Oh : When Lehmann took over, though, Australia at least were finally playing some positive cricket. If you didn't find anything positive for Australians to take away in their performance in the last Ashes I say you weren't looking very hard. Sure, he didn't get the result, but he'd also been parachuted in with minimal time to get things in order. I think the loss was an inevitability rather than anything Lehmann was culpable for.

  • Big_Chikka on December 4, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    all this talk makes the england team weaker, since the shoe is now firmly on the other foot......................... would rather cook have won a test this series before making such a request.

  • satishchandar on December 4, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Well. The only thing that was ugly in Brisbane was - Turning on the microphone. If microphone was going to be turned on, let it be turned on for the whole day. The offensive language usage is common in that part of the world.

    England should be going in in proper frame of mind realising that the bad start is just a routine. Cook need to reinvent himself. Once again. Chose the ball to attack. Early boundaries off short balls will make the opponents move to next plan - Clarke did in second innings in Gabba.

  • shane-oh on December 4, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    @pat_one_back - that's very selective use of stats, as you are no doubt aware. Cook has played 21 Ashes tests, and averages 43.75 - 4 less than his career average, but still not bad. Simply selecting a small band of matches where he has under-delivered doesn't really bring much to the debate. If you want to address the point I raised, you are probably better to look at his last 3 years overall - average of over 55, with 12 hundreds. In that same time, an Ashes average of over 62, with 3 centuries. The man is one of the best batsmen in the world right now, and the only people who deny this are bitter Australian fans. He may be out of form, but won't be forever.

    Agreed, however, that Australia seem to have come through the worst of their slump and are trending in the right direction. I was making the point that, having lost 3-0 earlier this year, one can hardly claim the Lehmann has come in and worked the English out.

  • phermon on December 4, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Go back to your tellies - leave well alone!

  • pat_one_back on December 4, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    @shane-o, afraid you hardly exude credibility non-Englishman or otherwise. After 6 Ashes tests Cooke is ave <30 and has not one score of note, what good is talent if you don't have the form to capitalise. Realistically only KP & Bell have dominated Aust bowling and this talented batting line up have been contained under 400 for 12 straight innings.

    Under Lehmann Aust have improved from a humiliating 4-0 shlacking in India to a comparatively honourable 3-0 ashes flogging to now be one up, surely not a bad trajectory?

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on December 4, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    What was really ugly in Brisbane were some of the attempts at dealing with Mitch's bowling.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on December 4, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    @RyanHarrisGreatCricketer: "...look how Australian bowlers dismantled Trott with a barrage of bouncers..." I thought the batsman in question was suffering from depression.

  • BMDeep on December 4, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    @ shane : True mate. One may question his captaincy but Cook for me is one of d best in business right now. Well, regarding the patient accumulator thing, wat else do u require from a batsmen to excel in test cric? Do hw need to score at run a ball? Patience is a virtue, esp in test cric. And by d way, we dont have to b a compatriate to acknowledge how good a cricketer is. As much I want Aus to win this series, the worst thing that cud happen to them right now is to get carried away wid Gabba win.I guess DLehmann is wise enough to recognize that. And I am very afraid to say or agree that the series is far from over. Lastly, I dont see anything wrong in the statement of Cook, He should have some balls to agree that and I am glad that he did it. I will be lying if I say that I have not enjoyed d drama in 1st test but as some one rightly said, too much of anything is not good and it is now time to stop this bickering on "u did it first" or "tit for tat" stuff. Cricinfo, plz publish

  • disco_bob on December 4, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Mind you I much prefer a beat up sledging 'controversy' than the genuine DRS shenanigans of the last series.

  • dunger.bob on December 4, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Cook hasn't actually sent a spray directly at us. As far as I can see he's saying that both teams need to be a bit mindful at times. I've got no problem with that. I'd rather talk about actual cricket than these side shows anyway. .. If it's a diversionary tactic (which I doubt) it's a bloody weak one. I mean, where does it actually get him?

  • shane-oh on December 4, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    @RyanHarrisGreatCricketer - you must be out of your head on something. The English batting lineup is extremely talented, and as soon as you start belittling Cook, one of the best test batsmen in the world for the last 3 years or so, you lose all credibility immediately.

    As soon as the clever Lehmann took over, Australia lost the Ashes 3-0. No amount of spin will hide that fact.

    Signed, not an Englishman.

  • C.Gull on December 4, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Pretty fair comments, really, although I do wonder if there's a double standard for England now that the boot's on the other foot. Mostly, though, I will be happy if Cook spends more energy worrying about on-field behaviour than watching the ball.

  • disco_bob on December 4, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Oh puhlease, this is just some desperate gamesmanship before the 2nd Test. Cook is cracking. The Aussies will have a field day with this. What's the point in keeping banging on about the '20% match fee' rubbish when we all know that it was ONLY because the stump mic was carelessly left on.

    For Cook to come out with this on match eve after Flower makes a public appeal for a 'truce', this all the while that Broad and Anderson, say they have no problem.

    It will be a good toss for Michael Clarke to lose.

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on December 4, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Cook should be more concerned about ensuring that his overhyped batsmen avoid their ugly performances from the first test. The ICC will curb sledging, but as for England's batting, only the batsmen (not their dieticians) can show some steel. I only rate Bell and KP as test-quality batsmen in England. eg. Cook is just a patient accumulator with a poor front foot technique. The only reason why the English batsmen scored truckloads of runs in 2010 and 2011 and on the indian tour in 2012 is because the opposition teams lacked the tactical acumen to get the English out. As soon as the clever Darren Lehmann took over as coach, look how Australian bowlers dismantled Trott with a barrage of bouncers.

    And the other thing that irritates me is the arrogance of the English players when they were winning, as if they were playing like the 1980's Windies. The thrashing in Brisbane was only a matter of time, as any religious cricket follower will agree. And that was just the start. 5-0 to Australia

  • Romanticstud on December 4, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Cricket is this the "gentleman's sport" that it should be ... No ... foul language is now being used by most teams against other players ... It is by no means acceptable as we the public demand that our ambassadors on the sports field behave in a respectable manner on and off the field ... It is alright to have a competitive nature ... but do so that children who idolize and imitate these heroes do not get the wrong message ... I support the sport played by all ... from Australia to India ... and all over ... Even words uttered in a foreign language will be imitated by children ... Teach our children the right way to play the game ...

  • on December 4, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Sledging is ok in my book if it is humorous. This does demand a certain level of basic intelligence that most players have. The are one or two exceptions of course to this. Concentration is key to success for batsmen and the ability to concentrate on the next ball even if someone has come up with a good quip the ball before, is crucial.

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  • on December 4, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Sledging is ok in my book if it is humorous. This does demand a certain level of basic intelligence that most players have. The are one or two exceptions of course to this. Concentration is key to success for batsmen and the ability to concentrate on the next ball even if someone has come up with a good quip the ball before, is crucial.

  • Romanticstud on December 4, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Cricket is this the "gentleman's sport" that it should be ... No ... foul language is now being used by most teams against other players ... It is by no means acceptable as we the public demand that our ambassadors on the sports field behave in a respectable manner on and off the field ... It is alright to have a competitive nature ... but do so that children who idolize and imitate these heroes do not get the wrong message ... I support the sport played by all ... from Australia to India ... and all over ... Even words uttered in a foreign language will be imitated by children ... Teach our children the right way to play the game ...

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on December 4, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Cook should be more concerned about ensuring that his overhyped batsmen avoid their ugly performances from the first test. The ICC will curb sledging, but as for England's batting, only the batsmen (not their dieticians) can show some steel. I only rate Bell and KP as test-quality batsmen in England. eg. Cook is just a patient accumulator with a poor front foot technique. The only reason why the English batsmen scored truckloads of runs in 2010 and 2011 and on the indian tour in 2012 is because the opposition teams lacked the tactical acumen to get the English out. As soon as the clever Darren Lehmann took over as coach, look how Australian bowlers dismantled Trott with a barrage of bouncers.

    And the other thing that irritates me is the arrogance of the English players when they were winning, as if they were playing like the 1980's Windies. The thrashing in Brisbane was only a matter of time, as any religious cricket follower will agree. And that was just the start. 5-0 to Australia

  • disco_bob on December 4, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Oh puhlease, this is just some desperate gamesmanship before the 2nd Test. Cook is cracking. The Aussies will have a field day with this. What's the point in keeping banging on about the '20% match fee' rubbish when we all know that it was ONLY because the stump mic was carelessly left on.

    For Cook to come out with this on match eve after Flower makes a public appeal for a 'truce', this all the while that Broad and Anderson, say they have no problem.

    It will be a good toss for Michael Clarke to lose.

  • C.Gull on December 4, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Pretty fair comments, really, although I do wonder if there's a double standard for England now that the boot's on the other foot. Mostly, though, I will be happy if Cook spends more energy worrying about on-field behaviour than watching the ball.

  • shane-oh on December 4, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    @RyanHarrisGreatCricketer - you must be out of your head on something. The English batting lineup is extremely talented, and as soon as you start belittling Cook, one of the best test batsmen in the world for the last 3 years or so, you lose all credibility immediately.

    As soon as the clever Lehmann took over, Australia lost the Ashes 3-0. No amount of spin will hide that fact.

    Signed, not an Englishman.

  • dunger.bob on December 4, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Cook hasn't actually sent a spray directly at us. As far as I can see he's saying that both teams need to be a bit mindful at times. I've got no problem with that. I'd rather talk about actual cricket than these side shows anyway. .. If it's a diversionary tactic (which I doubt) it's a bloody weak one. I mean, where does it actually get him?

  • disco_bob on December 4, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Mind you I much prefer a beat up sledging 'controversy' than the genuine DRS shenanigans of the last series.

  • BMDeep on December 4, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    @ shane : True mate. One may question his captaincy but Cook for me is one of d best in business right now. Well, regarding the patient accumulator thing, wat else do u require from a batsmen to excel in test cric? Do hw need to score at run a ball? Patience is a virtue, esp in test cric. And by d way, we dont have to b a compatriate to acknowledge how good a cricketer is. As much I want Aus to win this series, the worst thing that cud happen to them right now is to get carried away wid Gabba win.I guess DLehmann is wise enough to recognize that. And I am very afraid to say or agree that the series is far from over. Lastly, I dont see anything wrong in the statement of Cook, He should have some balls to agree that and I am glad that he did it. I will be lying if I say that I have not enjoyed d drama in 1st test but as some one rightly said, too much of anything is not good and it is now time to stop this bickering on "u did it first" or "tit for tat" stuff. Cricinfo, plz publish

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on December 4, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    @RyanHarrisGreatCricketer: "...look how Australian bowlers dismantled Trott with a barrage of bouncers..." I thought the batsman in question was suffering from depression.