Ashes player preview – Alastair Cook

October 4, 2010 at 9:01 am 2 comments

Alastair Cook may be seen as a future England captain but, as prepares for a trip to Australia, his form with the bat is what he should focus on.

Cook was tipped for greatness when he broke into the team as a 22-year-old in 2006, even more so when he hit a magnificent century on his debut in Nagpur.

But like many England players he struggled down under in the 2006-07 Ashes series. With the Aussies bowlers deliberately targeting him he scored just 276 runs, though he did manage a century in Perth. You can bet on the Ashes being a big priority for him as he looks to make amends for that performance.

By 2009 though he had scored more runs and hit more centuries than any England player of his age (25) – ahead of both David Gower and Ian Botham.

He was appointed vice captain in the wake of Kevin Pietersen’s resignation and Andrew Strauss’ promotion in early 2009. But he again struggled under the glare of an Ashes battle, only scoring above 30 once in the whole series, despite England’s famous win.

He just about held on to his Test place after that, though his patchy form meant he lost is position in the one day side, and a barren run in 2010 saw his Test spot under increasingly threat before a century against Pakistan – albeit a nervy one – proved the doubters wrong.

He now heads down under determined to exorcise the demons of 2006-07, although the Ashes betting suggests the whole side are in for a tough time. He certainly has the ability, but with the Aussie bowlers no doubt intent on targeting his weak front foot problem, it remains to be seen whether he has the mental strength to ride the storm, score runs and help Strauss with the captaincy.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sanya - England Cricket Blog -  |  October 5, 2010 at 12:56 am

    I agree with what you think of Cook but not all of it. Cook seriously needs to work on his technique and should have been dropped in South Africa. When his place came under the hammer – against Pakistan in Tests, it was just too late, the Ashes was the next series so changes could have disrupted the team.

    I don’t think he “proved the doubters wrong” by scoring a ton in the 3rd Test. As you said, he failed in the Ashes ’06, he still made a century. Alastair Cook is a century maker. His average in Ashes ’06 was 26-27. Btw he is the 7th highest run scorer in the world in Tests this year.

  • 2.  |  August 23, 2014 at 4:42 pm

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