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I Am An Improved Batsman Now - Alastair Cook

Peter Moores (left) and Alastair Cook (right) during the nets session at the National Cricket Ground in Grenada.
Peter Moores (left) and Alastair Cook (right) during the nets session at the National Cricket Ground in Grenada.
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England Test captain Alastair Cook insists that he has improved as a batsman in the last two years despite failing to score a century during this phase.

Cook who’s last Test hundred came way back in May 2013 against New Zealand believes that his batting has undergone changes over the years.

"I did have a look back in early February, watched a little a bit and it has changed quite a lot," said Cook.

"It's evolutionary -- if you tried to go back to exactly what you did it would probably be really unnatural.

"I'd like to think my game has improved over time, I definitely believe it has, it's just different."

Over the last two years, Cook has aggregated 923 runs from 18 Tests at a disappointing average of 28.84 with just eight fifties.

The 30-year-old’s poor form with the bat continued into the West Indies tour as he registered scores of 11 and 13 in the first Test in Antigua.

Despite the lean patch with the willow, Cook seems unfazed by the criticism on him and appears confident of his technique.

"I have been lucky that I have had a very simple game plan on the mental side throughout my career and it definitely works.

"I am a resilient guy who can try and play each ball on its merits for a long period of time, that is kind of what my success has been built on so that hasn't changed."

England are likely to make at least once change to their line-up for the second Test against West Indies which starts today in Grenada.

With all-rounder Moeen Ali back in the England squad, he is likely to replace off-spinner James Tredwell who suffered an injury while fielding the ball during the first Test.

Since their only series win in West Indies in 2004, England have played six Tests in the Caribbean without a single win.

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