Cook Is The Best Test Captain For England Cricket Team

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Alastair Nathan Cook Is The Best Test Captain For England Cricket Team, beyond question, a first-rate batsman in international cricket with unbelievable records to silence the harshest of critics. The current test captain of England, who usually fills the opener’s position in the team, has been their leading scorer outshining Graham Gooch. But when it first came about taking a more challenging duty of leading the country’s cricket squad, his attitude couldn’t have been any better. He mentioned that he is fond of being at the forefront of decision making and always have done so.

Cook Is The Best Test Captain For England Cricket Team

Cook Is The Best Test Captain For England Cricket Team

Cook Is The Best Test Captain For England Cricket Team

Alastair has some off-the-mark achievements like being the only non-Asian player to score more than 2000 runs, adapting to the conditions of the continent, and being the youngest cricketer, as well as the first English batsman to reach the milestone of 10000 test runs.  He also made one of the greatest debuts in the history of English cricket, at the age of 21. He has also more centuries than any English cricketer. His captaincy statistics shows, so far, he has won 21 test matches out of forty eight and drawn twelve of them.

The remarkable Ashes victory of 2013, and playing in the finals of champions trophy has been great accomplishment from his part. But in spite of facing many criticisms and violent demands for sacking in 2014, he chose to pull off the captaincy in away matches instead of backing out. The 2015 Ashes triumph has been the fittest reply on his behalf. He is the perfect successor of Andrew Strauss, from whom he took the skipper’s baton in 2012 and has done a good justice to it.

However, there are certain qualities apart from crude numbers which make a good captain. No matter whether the team is winning or losing, Cook has consistently focused on the good qualities of his teammates and urged to bring the best out of those, and praised in front of the press giving special mentions. The dressing room opinion holds him in very high esteem, and bowler Steven Finn vouches that the team would play any day for a captain like Cook. As a person he is known to be really modest, no matter how the greats of the cricket universe like Sunil Gavaskar or Sir Ian Botham admire his performances and focus. Cook’s dedication to the game has been a source of inspiration to fellow teammates.

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While facing questions about playing against a ex-match-fixer, he has candidly spoken out that though he has no intention of letting this issue cloud over his sight on the game, but also commented that if one gets caught match-fixing, that player should be banned for life and the decision of punishment should be that firm for the sake of protecting the integrity of the game. His strategic moves are also impressive; the little decisions like changing the bowler and minor tweaks in fielding positions were proved to yield good results.

James “Jimmy” Anderson, England’s right-arm fast-medium bowler has stated that Cook’s record single-handedly speaks a lot for him as a captain, and captaincy has helped his batting. Truly, his average as captain (47 in ODI) surpasses that as a normal player (40, in the same format).  The bowler also fondly added that, He does deserve a lot more credit than he is given. But we may confidently say that while public and media keeps underrating him, for a commander like Cook, the badge of honor from his colleagues and cricket admirers matter the most, and England cricket team is definitely in safe hands when their “Cookie Monster” is leading up front and also, quite a force to reckon with.