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Old 17th October 2015, 14:41   #1221
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Is Ian Bell a better player than Steve Smith?
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Old 17th October 2015, 18:06   #1222
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I think he would say yes
Smith's been totally found out, after all.
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Old 5th November 2015, 12:20   #1223
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Captain fantastic. He has one test left this year.

@OptaJim: 1357 - Cook's 1357 Test runs in 2015 is the most he's recorded in a calendar year & his average of 59 is his best too (min 12 inns). Feast.
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Old 5th November 2015, 13:29   #1224
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Captain fantastic. He has one test left this year.

@OptaJim: 1357 - Cook's 1357 Test runs in 2015 is the most he's recorded in a calendar year & his average of 59 is his best too (min 12 inns). Feast.
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Old 5th November 2015, 13:35   #1225
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Batsman fantastic.
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Old 5th November 2015, 14:14   #1226
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Aged less than 31 with 9780 Test runs in 122 matches (everybody who has scored more has played more Tests), Cook has scored more runs than any other current test player (I assume Chanderpaul has retired?) - yet he still seems to be damned with faint praise. We are a strange Nation
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Old 5th November 2015, 14:21   #1227
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Aged less than 31 with 9780 Test runs in 122 matches (everybody who has scored more has played more Tests), Cook has scored more runs than any other current test player (I assume Chanderpaul has retired?) - yet he still seems to be damned with faint praise. We are a strange Nation
Look at the problems we are having replacing Strauss. It is not long and we will be looking to replace England's best opener of a generation and quite possibly ever.

Tom Abell will only be able to replace one of them.
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Old 5th November 2015, 14:22   #1228
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Aged less than 31 with 9780 Test runs in 122 matches (everybody who has scored more has played more Tests), Cook has scored more runs than any other current test player (I assume Chanderpaul has retired?) - yet he still seems to be damned with faint praise. We are a strange Nation
How so? He's an excellent batsman, regardless of comparisons.
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Old 5th November 2015, 17:05   #1229
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It is not long and we will be looking to replace England's best opener of a generation and quite possibly ever.
Not long? I'm hoping he can bat as long as his hero, Gooch, did! What an opening pair that would have been!
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Old 5th November 2015, 17:37   #1230
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Not long? I'm hoping he can bat as long as his hero, Gooch, did! What an opening pair that would have been!
They only missed out by 3 years.
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Old 5th November 2015, 21:08   #1231
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Cookie has always been my favourite of England's batsmen. You can't fail to admire his ability to occupy the crease even when out of form. He also seems to be a thoroughly decent chap.
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Cookie has always been my favourite of England's batsmen. You can't fail to admire his ability to occupy the crease even when out of form. He also seems to be a thoroughly decent chap.
He is definitely from the right sort of family.
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Congratulations to captain cook on being selected as captain of ICC team of the year. I am sure people will join me in congratulating England's best batsman for a generation on his success.
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Congratulations to captain cook on being selected as captain of ICC team of the year. I am sure people will join me in congratulating England's best batsman for a generation on his success.
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We may well remember Alastair Cook as one of our finest ever performers against spin and one of our better openers overall, though I will struggle to truly think he's better than Gooch and Tresco from openers that I've watched (different eras and all). However his record against good quality quicks continues to be rather disappointing.
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Cook has a much better record overseas than he does at home: ave 50.23 cf career 46.63, and 16 of his 28 centuries. However, a poor record v. South Africa home and away, averaging only34.84.
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Cook has a much better record overseas than he does at home: ave 50.23 cf career 46.63, and 16 of his 28 centuries. However, a poor record v. South Africa home and away, averaging only34.84.
He really has a rather poor record v the Aussies, his 2010/11 series notwithstanding. Even with that his overall average is 39 v them. It just suggests that good pace attacks tend to be a weak point for him.
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He really has a rather poor record v the Aussies, his 2010/11 series notwithstanding. Even with that his overall average is 39 v them. It just suggests that good pace attacks tend to be a weak point for him.
I think he hasn't averaged over 32 in a series against the Aussies except for that one. And that's quite a lot of series. Struggled against Pakistan in 2010 and historically against NZ, although better recently.
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I think he hasn't averaged over 32 in a series against the Aussies except for that one. And that's quite a lot of series. Struggled against Pakistan in 2010 and historically against NZ, although better recently.
He did average 36 v Aussies last summer, that was his second best series against them although it is reasonable to point out that is out of 6 series overall. I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't particularly prosper what is likely to be a reasonably strong Pakistani seam attack at home this coming summer.
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