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Old 2nd March 2009, 22:58   #481
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Cook is the saviour of English cricket. I just don't understand why Strauss didn't give him a bowl.

Might have had hidden talents as an all rounder.
No hidden talents there - he's a reasonable (probaly club standard) off-spinner. In 2005 he took 3-13 v Northants, dismissing Shafayat, Wessels and Afzaal. It was a serious innings (not declaration bowling, they followed on), so it was bizarre that those are his only first-class wickets!
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Old 2nd March 2009, 23:01   #482
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The runs were pretty meaningless in the context of the match but I'm delighted that he finally managed to get through to 3 figures after a long wait. Hopefully he'll be able to take his game to the next level this year.
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Old 2nd March 2009, 23:04   #483
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The runs were pretty meaningless in the context of the match but I'm delighted that he finally managed to get through to 3 figures after a long wait. Hopefully he'll be able to take his game to the next level this year.
If someone tells him he's **** at hooking the ball and not to bother he just might.
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Old 2nd March 2009, 23:21   #484
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If someone tells him he's **** at hooking the ball and not to bother he just might.
I actually think he's pretty good at hooking and pulling to be honest - it's a shot that brings him a hell of a lot of runs. I do however think he needs to look at his dismissals and figure out why he is prone to lobbing it up on the leg side. Is he trying to fetch it from too far outside the off stump for example?
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Old 2nd March 2009, 23:28   #485
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I actually think he's pretty good at hooking and pulling to be honest - it's a shot that brings him a hell of a lot of runs. I do however think he needs to look at his dismissals and figure out why he is prone to lobbing it up on the leg side. Is he trying to fetch it from too far outside the off stump for example?
Like all batsmen his main strength can prove to be his undoing. If his feet are moving he can play that shot to devestating effect (second time I've used that phrase in 3 posts); however, lately his feet haven't been moving and therefore it increases the margin for error. He's gotta realise that if he's not in form then he needs to get in form. It's interesting that he hasn't been in good form though but still been scoring runs (albeit not big ones). It augurs well if he can get back on it.
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Old 2nd March 2009, 23:41   #486
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What a relief for Cook. Let's hope he now goes from strength to strength. Strauss and Cook is at last looking like a pretty good pairing at the top of the order.
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Old 3rd March 2009, 01:28   #487
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The more I think about it the more I feel that the opening partnership needs to be broken up immediately. It would seem like a panic measure (probably because it is) but I think Rob Key should be flown out to the Carribean post-haste. I'm not even sure he's good enough but the Strauss-Cook axis is just too painful for words.
I just came across this post from 8th February. It's looking a bit different now, I think.
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Old 3rd March 2009, 01:31   #488
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3k runs, well done to him. He came in about 3 years ago so 1,000 runs a year on average is very impressive.

It will have improved his long term average from his lean patch too I think.
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Old 3rd March 2009, 04:11   #489
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Certainly refound some form of late, still plenty of weaknesses he needs to iron out, most notably dangling his bat outside off stump and his shot selections. He has certainly shown he has the talent to be a class opener in test cricket for years to come. Lets hope he can push on from here on pitches slightly tougher than this road.
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Old 3rd March 2009, 11:27   #490
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Good company to keep then! One minor criticism he needs to get his hair sorted it needs a good cut!

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Old 12th March 2009, 13:11   #491
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Fantastic efforts from Cook.
Was a good effort by AC. Still wish he could turn those 50's into big 100's though. He's good enough - just needs to be tougher mentally. It is hard to concentrate out there for a long time especially when you are an opener.
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Old 15th March 2009, 02:20   #492
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I remember when we talked about which of Cook and Bell would be the first to 10 000 test runs and which would average the more over 50.
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Well done to Cook.
He seems to be getting the hang of it now

2009
80 from 56 balls - 1 sixes
1 from 3
39 from 27
77 fronm 55 - 2 sixes
18 from 11 - 1 six
1 from 4
21 from 21
100* from - 57 - 4 sixes

337 at 48.14 - I think we should get him into the one day and 20/20 team. I would like to swop him for Shah, 18.02 this year.

Most runs 2009
403 - Bopara
381 - Allenby
380 - Lumb
351 - Trott
337 - Cook

Cook and Pettini's opening partnership of 169 is the second highest first-wicket stand in Twenty20 history, behind only the 175 put together by Graeme Hick and Vikram Solanki for Worcestershire against Northamptonshire at Kidderminster in 2007.

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That really is meritorious.
Keep it up Cooky.
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What is with the mullet that young Alistair seems to be growing? It really doesn't suit him. He looks much better with a nice short hair cut!
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What is with the mullet that young Alistair seems to be growing? It really doesn't suit him. He looks much better with a nice short hair cut!
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I've always felt he would suit a skinhead.
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I've always felt he would suit a skinhead.
I didn't know he was gay.
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He didn't say that the skinhead would suit him.
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He didn't say that the skinhead would suit him.
How do you know the skinhead isnt a woman?
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