Alastair Cook In Need Of A Reality Check - Geoffrey Boycott
Former batting legend Geoffrey Boycott has labeled England’s Test captain Alastair Cook as an arrogant person who is in need of a reality check.
Boycott stated that Cook hasn’t learnt from his removal from the One-Day International squad which occurred only two months prior to the recently concluded World Cup tournament.
Elaborating on Cook’s tenure as the ODI captain, Boycott minced no words as he launched a scathing criticism on the 30-year-old.
“The ironic thing to me is that Cook is still smarting over being relieved of the one-day captaincy,” wrote Boycott in his column for the Australian daily Sydney Morning Herald.
“He seems to have an inflated belief his captaincy skills were any good.
“He lost six one-day series in a row and batted like an opener from my era.
“He cannot or will not grasp that his style of batting, or mine for that matter, does not work in the modern one-day game.”
England's form leading into the World Cup has been dismal, having won just 13 of the 37 ODIs prior to the World Cup while losing all the series played at home during this phase.
Cook’s personal form wasn’t good either as he accumulated just 1083 runs from 36 matches at an average of 30.94 since 2013 with his last ODI century coming about three years ago.
“Cook has gone on record to say the selectors were wrong to sack him just before Christmas and implied England would have done much better at the World Cup with him in charge.
“He seems to have conveniently forgotten he could not make a run and England were losing more one-dayers than they were winning.
It was amazing how long the selectors left him in the job.”
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves had recently hinted at the possibility of Kevin Pietersen making a comeback to the squad provided the latter has a strong county season.
However, recently while speaking with the members of press, Cook was adamant in his belief that the ex-England batsman will not be a part of the national side in future.
Cook’s latest statements regarding the Pietersen issue has irked Boycott who feels that England’s Test captain is being incredibly arrogant.
“It is misguidedly stupid that Cook believes his opinion is more important than the chairman elect of ECB, who is his boss.
“I find that quite extraordinary.
“It is this arrogance that they are more superior than their bosses that jars with me.
“They are not winning, England cricket has been poor, you struggle to find anybody in England who can be sure we will beat New Zealand and nearly everyone is backing Australia to wallop us in the Ashes.
“Yet these guys carry on as if nothing has happened and they are secure in their jobs. It is unbelievable”
Since January 2013, Cook has featured in 22 Tests aggregating 1306 runs at an average of 33.48 with just two centuries to his name.
Although the opening batsman had a relatively better series against India last year at home, the big runs have been missing from his blade.
Boycott has stated that it’s time for Cook to back up his verbal volleys off the field with some good knocks in the middle apart from polishing his captaincy skills.
“It is now time for Alastair to stop talking make more runs.
“He still has to convince a lot of people he is the best man for the job as a captain in the field.
“Stop following the ball, make things happen, be proactive and show us some fresh ideas.”
England’s tour of West Indies kicks-off on 13th April with the first of three Tests to be held in North Sound.
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