Cook looks to improve record

November 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm Leave a comment


Alistair Cook will be looking to improve his somewhat disappointing average against Australia, when this Ashes series commences this week. The opener has struggled against the Aussie’s in the previous two series, averaging only 26.21, a significant drop from his overall Test score of 42.78.

In his 10 Tests against Australia, those who study the cricket betting odds note that the batsman has only two significant innings, his brave 116 at Perth in the doomed 2006/07 series and a score of 95 at Lord’s in the victorious 2009 series.

His lack of runs against the Aussie’s is something Cook is determined to improve during the upcoming series. He told reporters, “It’s obviously something that I’ve got to prove to people, it’s one side that I haven’t done as well against as I have against other sides.”

Cook will go into this week’s opener on the end of some particularly patchy form. After starting the year well, by leading England to a 2-0 series win in Bangladesh, his year went downhill after that.

Cook’s lack of form during the summer prompted calls for the opener to be dropped, only a timely century against Pakistan towards the end of the summer probably saving his place. The Ashes betting odds of his touring were back in his favour.

That inconsistent form continued into England’s warm-up games and only picked up when he faced South Australia, scoring a well constructed 111.
The Essex man’s return to form continued into final warm-up match against Australia A and the opener gained some more valuable crease time. With his opening partner Andrew Strauss in such good form, Cook will be looking to provide valuable support to his skipper.

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