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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

England heading for No.1 but Captain Cook is a strange choice



BY THE end of the week every Ashes winner will have turned out in first class cricket again since that fabulous day in Sydney in January.

And whether they are squaring up to each other in Hove or taking on students in Cambridge, the focus for them all is very clear, to become unarguably the world’s best Test team.

That has never been achieved by England since rankings began and I’m certain this group of players have a real chance of doing it. In fact, I think they are already playing the best Test cricket of any nation in the world.


And with the official No.1 side, India, coming to town they can prove it.

If Andrew Strauss can marshal the Test team to the top of the world then his decision to step down as one-day skipper will be viewed as a success for him.

The ECB’s decision to pick Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad as the remaining skippers in a bizarre dilution of responsibility is one that remains on trial.

I am a little confused since they have heaped unnecessary pressure on a player who should have been using the confidence from the Ashes to flourish on home soil.

Cook is an undoubted Test star and the man next in line to replace Strauss as skipper in the longest form of the game, but as one-day captain? I’m not so sure.

This is a guy who wasn’t even in the World Cup squad in India and now all of a sudden is in charge.

His first job is not to think about how to beat opponents but to prove to his team-mates he deserves a place in the team and he can only do that by scoring runs at the top of the order.

He has not played a single one-day match since he was artificially added to the side as skipper in Bangladesh two years ago and now will lead the charge towards the next World Cup.

When he did play one-day cricket for England it led to a weakness outside off stump which entered into his Test game, where instead of a single to third man it was edges to the slips.

He worked so hard to remove that from his game and the results were there for all to see in Australia when he was an immovable object at the crease.

I hope he doesn’t have any more trouble in that area now because he is a fine England Test opener and I want to see more of what he produced Down Under.

I would have gone for Broad as captain of both the Twenty20 and one-day sides. I think it is a smart move giving Broad extra responsibility as he is a clever cricketer who understands the game.

I also think it will help curb some of his petulance. There’ll be no room for arguing with umpires, throwing balls at batsman and moaning if things don’t go his way.

He is maturing into a very ­important player for England and if he can enjoy an injury-free run for a couple of years or more then we will see the very best of him.

Broad has big shoes to fill, taking over from Paul Collingwood who led England to World T20 glory.

Perhaps Collingwood deserved better than a phone call the day before the announcement was made, but he can rightly be proud of all he has achieved for England.

Before India arrive, England host Sri Lanka and with a couple more first-class games to be played before the opening Test there are important decisions to be made.

The No.6 spot is up for grabs. Ravi Bopara must be in the box seat to take it after scoring runs for Essex while Eoin Morgan has been scratching around in the IPL.

Of the bowlers, England could pick any combination of three pacemen out of six. Expect to see that group grow as Graham Onions comes back into the reckoning.

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