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Ashes 2017-18: Alastair Cook’s slow decline continues as captain posts just nine total runs in First Test

England had been worried about inexperienced top order – but Cook has struggled the most in COOK contributed a total of just nine runs to the First Test and there are growing concerns about his batting.

Summary

  • COOKY CRUMBLES Ashes 2017-18: Alastair Cook’s slow decline continues as captain posts just nine total runs in First Test England had been worried about inexperienced top order – but Cook has struggled the most in COOK contributed a total of just nine runs to the First Test and there are growing concerns about his batting.
  • Not a dramatic, falling-of-the-cliff sort of decline but a gradual reduction in his powers and runs Cook scored just nine runs in two innings in the First Ashes Test against Australia His England colleague Stuart Broad denied it, of course, and the dressing-room retains great faith and affection in the former captain.
  • It is not catastrophic – he has made 26 half-centuries in that time and the small matter of 243 against West Indies in the pink ball Test last summer – but the statistics show the runs arrive these days in flows rather than Read in me a favour’ Watch as Sutton and McCoist clash over Rodgers and fury Rangers caretaker boss Graeme Murty brands Dundee defeat BLUES Cardiff’s Neil Warnock on Rangers and forming Ibrox partnership with Ally OF WORDS Watch as Ally McCoist and Chris Sutton clash over Brendan Rodgers’ 2 RANGERS 1 Mark O’Hara nets double to heap more misery on Graeme attacks Alex McLeish and claims ‘he was a coach with a double have guts Brendan Rodgers reckons criticism of his tactics proves he’s got LEWIS MY A***’ Celtic fans hail Christmas advert starring Brown, Rodgers and eye Moussa AC Milan ran rule over Moussa Dembele in Champions League clash with TIC Celts fan launches shocking X-rated rant in French TV documentary on Hoops PA:Press England skipper now has just one-half century in six innings on this tour Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan claims Australia have been allowed to ‘grab the momentum’ after day three of The AshesHere at the Gabba, he nicked off in the first innings and fell to fine, plunging catch by Mitchell Starc in the second innings after a mis-hit hook shot.
  • One dismissal betrayed Cook’s vulnerability around off stump and the other was a near carbon copy of when he hooked Mitchell Johnson to fine leg in the Second Test in Adelaide four years ago.
  • STARC CONTRAST Alastair Cook’s dismissal was a near-carbon copy of Second Test at Adelaide four years ago — and we know how that finishedCook’s scores on tour have been 0, 15, 32, 70, 2 and 7.


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