Cook’s troubles continue

August 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

With England producing another dominant display to take a 2-0 lead over Pakistan, there were plenty of positives to take from the series so far.

One of the few negatives for England according to cricket betting pundits was the continued poor form from opener Alistair Cook. Since his unbeaten 109 against Bangladesh in Dhaka earlier in the year, Cook has mustered only 100 runs in seven Test innings this summer, with a top score of 29.

In his two most recent innings Cook looked massively out of touch. He made a mess of a pull shot – usually Cook’s best shot – off short Mohammad Asif delivery in the first innings and had his stumps violently assaulted by Mohammad Ameer in the second innings. His footwork has been dismal so far in this series and he will need to address that before this winter’s Ashes tour.

Cook’s average against Australia is far from great: 26 in 10 Tests, two big innings in Perth and Lord’s are his only shining points amongst a host a failures. But England have invested heavily in Cook and he proved his growing maturity as a captain in Bangladesh last winter.

Unless he can find some runs in the remaining two tests against Pakistan, the cricket odds suggest Cook could struggle to make the Ashes side. There are players out their more than capable of replacing Cook. Jonathan Trott has opened before and looked good, Michael Carberry was decent in Bangladesh in the winter and has had a good domestic season.

Cook still has the backing of his captain and coach. His place should be safe as long as that continues.



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