Alastair Cook: England's latest great
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Prior to his breakout Ashes series down under in 2010-11, Alastair Cook was a perennial understudy. Despite the unprecedented nature of his prolific scoring, Cook always appeared to be overshadowed by his older team-mates and was often overlooked by the public due to his test match specialism. However, as England captain he has now carried his Ashes form into strong leadership, guiding England to their first test victory on Indian soil in 27 years. Following the nine-wicket domination inflicted upon Cook’s squad in the first test in Ahmedabad, countless commentators predicted another fruitless Indian tour. It is surely a testament to the leadership of the new captain that this fresh, questioned England squad were able to produce such incredible form so soon after such a crushing defeat. Cook even admitted, "There is always doubt, especially halfway through day two [of the first Test] when we were getting rolled." Despite this, the effort of our national side was one of sublime skill and resiliency. Led from the front by Cook’s irrefutable statement that captaincy would not be a burden upon him as it has so many others in the past, coming in the form of 562 runs and three centuries over the four tests.
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