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Cook looking for long-term opening partner

Cook looking for long-term opening partner
Alastair Cook is hoping that the selectors can find a long term solution to the conundrum at the top of the batting order.
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England captain and opening batsman Alastair Cook is hoping that the selectors can find a long-term solution to the conundrum at the top of the batting order.

Since the retirement of Andrew Strauss, England have failed to find a stable opening batsman to partner Cook.

Nick Compton, Joe Root, Michael Carberry, Sam Robson, Jonathan Trott and Adam Lyth have all been tried in the opener's role since 2012, but none of them were able to make it count.

Hoping that a player shows up and grabs the opportunity with both hands, Cook opined that the selectors have a tough decision to take with the upcoming series in the United Arab Emirates.

“That (finding an opening batsman) is a really interesting decision the selectors have to make," he said.

“I think there's a selection meeting in the next 10 days.

“The conditions in Abu Dhabi will be different to what we have just played in here where it nipped all over.

“I'd love someone to jump out and nail that slot.” 

Lyth was the latest player to be given a chance to prove himself at the top, but he disappointed with 265 runs from seven games at an average of 20.38. 

The 27-year-old Lyth impressed in the series against New Zealand wherein he scored his maiden hundred, but in the Ashes, his technique was found wanting in conditions that aided swing and seam movement.

Cook admitted that Lyth has not been able to live up to his potential, but stated that it was not an easy task to kick off your career against two of the best bowling attacks in the world.

“Adam didn't quite score the amount of runs he'd liked to have done (this season) but he played a major part in the side - he was a brilliant catcher.

"He's obviously scored a lot of runs for Yorkshire over the last couple of years and he's gone in his first seven Test matches and found it tough against two very good attacks, and yet he's scored a hundred in one of them.” 

England’s next assignment in Tests is a three-match series against Pakistan in the UAE, where the conditions will be completely different to what was witnessed in the Ashes. 

Cook backed the selectors to take the right decision, as their tough calls earlier in the summer led to England reclaiming the Ashes.

“The selectors have tough calls,” said Cook.

“They have made some big calls in the summer and were proved right.” 

England are currently facing Australia in a five-match One Day International series, which begins on 3rd September at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton. 

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