Cook Has Chance To Leave Lasting Legacy

Posted: January 10, 2011 in Cricket
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The latest Ashes series has been the true making of Alistair Cook as a potential great of the game.

The potential has always been there, but there has also been a sense that Cook wasn’t quite living up to it. He was always prone to giving away silly wickets, whilst perhaps there were issues with his foot movement.

Opposition sides seemed to be able to figure him out quickly and devise a way to get the left-hander out cheaply. There were even calls for Cook to lose his place in the test side in 2008 after a dismal run of form.

But 2009’s run in the Ashes started to see him reproduce, whilst less than prolific, he seemed to grow a little bit in confidence.

There were signs he was working on his game, some of the basic mistakes he had been making were being eeked out. The makings of a very good international player were there for everybody to see, he just needed a little push.

That came in the tour of South Africa at the back end of 2009, as he deputised for Strauss as captain. The visit of Bangladesh at the beginning of 2010 also saw him command the lead role, which Geoff Miller claimed to be ‘an audition for future engagements.’

This confidence in Cook becoming a regular and leading fixture in the side has driven him on to bigger and better things as that has seen him take to task his game, in order to fulfil this promise.

Having been part of the side that failed so miserably in Australia four years ago, Cook rose from the ashes (no pun intended) to secure his place in history as England emerged victorious Down Under for the first time in 24 years.

Records tumbled at the hands of the Essex batsman, as he destroyed those set by the likes of Wally Hammond, Herbert Sutcliffe and the late, great Sir Donald Bradman.

Records were set alongside Strauss for the opening partnership, and solo as he claimed the English record of runs scored without losing his wicket and record minutes at the crease, standing solid for over 1,000 minutes before Australia eventually claimed his wicket in the second test.

He beat Donald Bradman’s record for runs scored at the Gabba in Brisbane, recording his maiden first-class double century in the process as England declared at a record 517-1.

This series has been the coming-of-age for Cook, as he also became the second youngest man to record 5,000 test runs, only behind the great Sachin Tendulkar.

Still only 26 years of age, if Cook maintains this form he will be remembered as one of the greats of the game. Something an English batsman has not been able to lay claim to for some time.


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