Essex and England batsman Alastair Cook is confident of being fit for the start of the season after he was hit on the finger in the nets although he could face an anxious wait on the sidelines with so much cricket on the horizon in the near future.
Speaking at the launch of Essex's 2009 county season, he said: “There is a fracture, but I am seeing the specialist so I will know far more in a few hours time. It is getting better as we speak, I have never broken one before so hopefully, it I will be alright.
"It has kind of happened at the wrong time to be honest with you, well no injury ever happens at the right time, but hopefully It will be alright."
Cook was named as England’s vice-captain for the recently concluded Test series in the Caribbean and the opening batsman said he enjoyed the responsibility.
“Obviously it is nice to be involved in that slightly higher up kind of thing, and luckily Straussy didn’t get injured so I wasn’t put under the pressure to do it but it is nice to be involved like that. When you are given that little bit more responsibility you kind of pay a bit more attention to the leadership issues and hopefully that bit of experience will help me and I can give Strauss a bit of help along the way."
Cook added that it was an honour to have been named as vice-captain.
“It is an honour more than a surprise, it is nice to think that the selectors and the people who choose that can see me in that light."
After scoring close to 400 runs in the Test series in the West Indies, Cook was understandably happy with his recent Test form.
“Obviously if you average over 50-odd you would take that at the beginning of the series and I got the 100 finally after a while. You would have liked to have had two hundreds, two 50s but then you are kind of being picky - if someone had said at the beginning of the series, you will score almost 400 runs, you would have definitely taken it."
While the West Indies have some star players in their ranks Cook said it was their team effort and ability to withstand pressure that impressed him most.
“Obviously we know how good Chanderpaul is and Sarwan and Gayle are but in those 15 days after Jamaica we put them under a hell of a lot of pressure and as a side two years ago they wouldn’t have been able to handle that pressure and bat like they did so as a side they have definitely toughened up.
"We have always known how talented they are, you can see that in Twenty20 Cricket when it is their natural game as they can hit the ball miles. It didn’t surprise me because they are good players but they definitely came together and a lot of credit to John Dyson and Chris Gayle for getting them to do that."
Essex begin the defence of their Friends Provident Trophy on 19th April against Northamptonshire.
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