The End is Near the Alastair Cook Issue


Dread not. The end times isn’t here yet. Foreboding shadows are gathering over the Britain cricket crew however I can’t see any horsemen. What I do see, nonetheless, is the ECB lashing a dead pony. Could this be the start of the end for Alastair Cook? The ECB won’t sack Cook. It’s politically beyond the realm of possibilities for them to do as such. Dissimilar to different players like Carberry, Hales or even Sam Robson (who scored a comparative measure of runs as his captain the previous summer), Cook will be allowed each conceivable opportunity to quiet his faultfinders. The line among ‘reliability’ and ‘preference’ is a fine one.

Sooner or later in any case it will become unimaginable for the ECB to hold their child

Except if Cook the batsman modifies his method significantly, I can’t see him scoring the runs expected to legitimize his spot in the ODI side. Cook doesn’t seem to be an especially decent batsman right now. The previous summer Nasser Hussain contended he’d been ‘found out’: pitch the ball up consistently, prevent him the extravagance from getting playing back or playing off his legs (his extraordinary assets), and you’re left with a provisional, defective batsman.

Driving doesn’t easily fall into place for Cook. Neither does bowing his front leg, moving his weight forward, or safeguarding with his bat near the body. Rather he’s pushing at the ball with unbending hands way before his driving leg. It’s ungraceful and off-kilter. With his 30th birthday celebration quick drawing nearer (he’ll arrive at the milestone on Christmas day) perhaps it’s past the point of no return for Cook to change? He had two months to make changes before this visit started, however seems to be the very same player to me. Perhaps the well has at last dried up?

Except if Cook scores a few runs soon

Which is conceivable however looking progressively improbable – he could need to remain down as ODI commander before the World Cup. This would be embarrassing for both Cook and the ECB. Furthermore, don’t think his ODI spot and his captaincy of the test side are absolutely irrelevant. Regardless of whether Cook makes due for the rest of the World Cup, his test captaincy will be harmed at whatever point he gives up the reins. It happened to Vaughan; and it happened to Strauss. When general society, and the other Britain players, see a new and invigorating other option, Cook will before long seem to be the previous man.

Since words don’t come effectively to Alastair – his meetings are awkward, and we realize that Matt Earlier used to represent him in the changing area – his power will before long ebb away. Cook’s activities need to express stronger than words. Speech and technique are not his strength. The admonition signs are as of now there. At the point when Ravi Bopara and James Tredwell were wheeled before the media this week, it resembled the feared demonstration of positive support. Their words were intended to support Cook however they just brought up additional issues than replies.


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