Job done for Captain Cook

March 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm 2 comments


When it was announced that Alistair Cook would be England’s captain for the tour of Bangladesh, he was immediately put in a no-win situation, especially during the two match Test series.

If England failed to win either Test match or struggled for form against the minnows of Bangladesh, Cook was obviously going to be criticised. They weren’t exactly going to be labelled as the world’s best if they emerged 2-0 winners either though, so it really was a case of get in, win, and get out for Cook and co.

In fairness to the temporary England captain, this is exactly what has happened. The tourists secured a 2-0 series win this morning after chasing down their target of 209 with the loss of only one wicket in Mirpur.

There were moments where Cook’s inexperience as captain showed, but the end result is as good could be expected. England have gone to Bangladesh and done everything that could be expected of them. Other than the series win, there were some other positives to take into the World Twenty20 and the English summer.

The batting of Alistair Cook is one of these. He well and truly led from the front and guided his team home this morning with a responsible unbeaten 109. During the two Test matches, his scores were 173, 39, 21, 109* – not bad for someone under pressure during his first stint as captain.
The introduction of James Tredwell won’t please the likes of Monty Panesar, but it seems as though England have found the natural back up for Graeme Swann.  He took six wickets during in the second Test and contributed a handy 37 with the bat in England’s first innings too.

Kevin Pietersen seems to be getting there when it comes to his form. Yes, the opposition isn’t the strongest, but KP’s unbeaten knock of 74 to help steer England home this morning will have done him the world of good. It followed scores of 99, 32 and 45 in the Test series, so it has been productive tour for him. Now he just needs to peak for the English summer and then the Ashes.

There were a few other standout performances in the series, with Ian Bell looking like he has cemented the number six batting spot, Swann continuing his excellent form, Tim Bresnan making useful contributions with bat and ball and Stuart Broad lasting for two back to back test matches.

Add Andrew Strauss and James Anderson to the fold and England look in pretty decent shape ahead of an important few months. Credit to Cook and the team for their progress in Bangladesh.
Next stop – World Twenty20.

Meanwhile, in football news England fans with a World Cup 2010 free bet are hurrying to place it on their side who are currently third favourites for the competition.

In the world of horse racing the Aintree Grand National is set to take place on April 10th and promises to be a fantastic day out.

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  • 1. ianmeikle  |  March 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Great post, you really reckon Tredwell is the real deal? He looked a bit innocuous to me. Also, I talked in a post recently about England’s seamer’s being a bit one-dimensional, what you reckon?

    http://cowcornercricket.wordpress.com/2010/03/26/huff-puff-toil-and-trouble-flat-decks-highlight-englands-shortcomings/

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