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View Poll Results: How will Chef get on in county cricket?
Bowlers beware! Cook will grind them into the dust 11 91.67%
It'll be a damp squib and he'll quietly slip off into retirement 1 8.33%
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Old 26th March 2019, 21:14   #1
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The Alastair Cook domestic cricket thread

Cook returns to full time cricket at Essex, immediately knocks up a 150* against some students. How will his return pan out?
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Old 27th March 2019, 11:10   #2
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I fully expect Cook to make lots of runs. I dont think retirement is remotely on his radar.
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Old 27th March 2019, 12:27   #3
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I think he'll start off with a bang but might fade out as the season goes on. Seems a long shot to get 100 FC tons, having just scored his 64th. I can see him doing a couple of years and calling it quits. Just my opinion though. He clearly didn't have the motivation to be still clearly the best English opener, but nowhere near the player he was at his peak.

So therefore more option 2 than 1.
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Old 27th March 2019, 19:57   #4
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I think he has the hunger to go for the 100 hundreds (wouldn't rule out him playing in the Hundred either).
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Old 27th March 2019, 20:36   #5
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I think he has the hunger to go for the 100 hundreds (wouldn't rule out him playing in the Hundred either).
Someone will have to.
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Old 31st March 2019, 19:28   #6
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I think he has the hunger to go for the 100 hundreds (wouldn't rule out him playing in the Hundred either).
Essex have signed Cameron Delport just for T20 this year and I don't think they would have done that if they were planning to pick Cook. If he doesn't play for Essex I don't see him being picked for the Hundred. He's played 4 T20 matches since 2010.
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Old 31st March 2019, 19:47   #7
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As much a fan as I am of Alistair, when he played T30 for Essex it was clear his style was not fitted to T20; much better at the 4 day and One Day stuff
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As much a fan as I am of Alistair, when he played T30 for Essex it was clear his style was not fitted to T20; much better at the 4 day and One Day stuff
He has got a T20 100* ave 31.85 .... that doesn't look too bad
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Old 1st April 2019, 00:16   #9
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I would predict he will thrive, much as Tres has done, since he has committed to Essex and is wired to meet and live up to his commitments. He won’t play as long as Tres has in all likelihood.
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Old 1st April 2019, 11:56   #10
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I would predict he will thrive, much as Tres has done, since he has committed to Essex and is wired to meet and live up to his commitments. He won’t play as long as Tres has in all likelihood.
I'm not so sure. His mentor was Gooch.

Edit: Gooch of course made an international comeback as well.
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Old 1st April 2019, 12:08   #11
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Didn’t cook still win the yo-yo test quite comfortably. He has never struggled with back etc so he could go on and on. Great for the young bowlers in county cricket to bowl at one of the best openers in the world.
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Old 1st April 2019, 13:37   #12
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I wouldnt be inclined to attach too much importance to personal milestones. Rather, I suspect Cook simply enjoys turning out for Essex. In recent seasons, when not required internationally, hes given the impression of being very content back in his county team, amongst his old muckers. Some of those, such as Napier and Foster, have now departed, and I wonder if he might view matters differently if RtD and Ravi - the other survivors of his generation - were no longer there. But Essex is a homely club and also a successful one of late. Id imagine hed like a few more years of it before calling time....and Id also expect him to maintain a significant output for the duration.
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A PLF first up.
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No early case made this weekend for a return to the test side.
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Not sure where to post this. Good stat

Amazing stats you pick up researching cricket books. In all of Test cricket there have been 22 matches drawn with one wicket remaining (0.09%). Alastair Cook has been involved in SIX of them (3.7% of his Tests)
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Not sure where to post this. Good stat

Amazing stats you pick up researching cricket books. In all of Test cricket there have been 22 matches drawn with one wicket remaining (0.09%). Alastair Cook has been involved in SIX of them (3.7% of his Tests)
I recall two v SA in 2009/10 and the Cardiff Ashes 2009 test.
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I recall two v SA in 2009/10 and the Cardiff Ashes 2009 test.
And weren't there a couple the wrong way against the W Indies and possibly one against India at Lord's too when it started raining.
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And weren't there a couple the wrong way against the W Indies and possibly one against India at Lord's too when it started raining.
Windies (a) 2009 ? and the 2007 v India game you are definitely right.
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Windies (a) 2009 ? and the 2007 v India game you are definitely right.
I thought there might have been two in that ridiculous tour of the W Indies. Or possibly one in NZ last Winter?

Given that Strauss also appeared in one in the 2005 Ashes, does he possibly have a similar number to Cook?
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Was there one in the SL series where we thought we won in last over but saved on review then jimmy and moeen were a few balls from another one at headingley.
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