Cook has age on his side to become world best

November 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm Leave a comment

The potential for Alastair Cook to become Test cricket’s greatest ever player was on full show during the second Test against India last week, when the captain put on a leader’s display to hit a joint-record 22nd century in the England whites.

Cook totalled a pace-setting 122 in the tourists’ first innings to put England in complete control against a resurgent India, turning the England Cricket Betting  markets on its head in the process. The right-hander was cool, composed and, most importantly, an example for others to follow as he passed his century to equal a record held by Wally Hammond between 1927-47.

So solid was his performance that Pietersen, who also notched his 22nd Test century for his country, recently suggested his captain could become the greatest ever England batsman.

“Alastair Cook will comfortably surpass any hundred [total] that anybody else who plays for England [gets],” Pietersen told BBC Sport.

“He should go on to score thousands and thousands more runs. He’s only 27. He’s a young pup; he is fit. He has a great head. He is very calm and nobody should beat him.”

Indeed, Pietersen’s admission of Cook’s age appears to be the deciding factor that will see the captain rise above his number four batsman. For at 27-years-old Cook still has the best part of his career ahead of him and with the England captaincy is guaranteed to maintain his level of performance.

As he said in his latest Betfair Michael Vaughan column, former England captain Vaughan says Cook has the ability and time to develop into a cricketing great and rival legends such as Ricky Ponting, who holds the Australian’s one-hundreds record of 41 from 167 Tests.

Ponting started his Test career 17 years ago and is still battling for a place in the Australian top order, meaning Cook realistically has a decade to double his century tally. The opener has age, experience and class on his side and, buoyed by a record-breaking century this winter, will be key to England’s success for years to come.


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