Author: Abhishek Rajan
The former England captain Alastair Cook has said that he was sometimes envious of the stroke-making ability of his Australian counterpart David Warner.
Cook himself was one of the greatest Test openers England ever produced. But, he was of completely different nature as compared to somebody like Warner.
Cook didn’t have as big a range of strokes as Warner has and he was quite sedate in his approach as well. He was not flashy and his game was based on being solid in his defense and going after the bowlers only if they bowled bad balls.
Warner, on the other hand, doesn’t always wait for the bowlers to make mistakes. He himself takes the initiative and takes the game to the bowlers, which is the reason why he scores his runs at a significantly faster rate than Cook did.
According to the Englishman, scoring a half-century is a matter of 30 balls for Warner at times, but for him, when he was playing Test cricket, it took more than a session to get to the score of 50 and it took a lot out of him.
“I was a grafter, I had to graft for everything. I’m not ever going to compare myself to David Warner but sometimes I watch him bat and I’m incredibly jealous that he gets to 50 off 30 balls, it’s an hour into the day and he’s already sorted.” Cook was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“If I was getting fifty, it was a three-hour job most times. There’s a lot of work going into it.” Cook added.
Cook finished his career as England’s highest scorer of all time in Test match cricket. The left-hander played 161 Test matches for England and scored 12472 runs at an average of 35.45. He received knighthood last year for his contribution to England cricket.
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