Cook wants to excel across all forms

September 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

Alistair Cook maintains a reputation as one of the best batsman in international Test cricket but he is looking to improve in the shorter forms and even wants to take on the Twenty20 captaincy in the absence of Stuart Broad.

The batsman has just won the Test award at the ICC’s awards in London and that was a justifiable reward for a year in which he hit six centuries in 18 innings and a double century against Australia – indeed his best performance, the 294 against India recently came after the deadline for those awards.

Cook has been named the one-day captain for England and has worked hard to transfer his Test skills in the shorter formats and he will be a main man in the side’s upcoming one-day return series in India in October. Anyone following the cricket betting promotions will be keeping an eye on him.

The star has thrown his hat in the ring to fill Stuart Broad’s boots as England’s Twenty20 captain in the upcoming matches with the West Indies as he looks to improve in all forms. People placing cricket bets will be keen to see what happens.

Cook admits one-day and Twenty20 cricket is “another step out of my comfort zone” but he is willing to put in the “hard work” to become a main star for England.
“I’ve always said I want to play all three formats of the game,” he added.

“In the last two years I’ve really worked hard to develop my range of shots, and it’s worked – and I think there’s huge potential still to come as those shots become more and more natural.”

The ECB are hoping Broad, who has been diagnosed with a muscle tear in his right shoulder, could be back for England’s Twenty20 fixture scheduled for October 29 in Kolkata, which would mean he misses all four of the one-day series against India.


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