Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Alastair Cook – the greedy batsman who wants more!

On a quiet night in addition Australian auberge room, with the hours boring until action resumes in the Ashes on Thursday, Alastair Cook tells a active story. But the England opener does not amble over his ballsy innings in Brisbane, back he helped save the aboriginal Test and bankrupt Don Bradman's almanac for the accomplished annual at The Gabba by batting 10½ hours for his best 235.

Cook focuses instead on an agreeable anecdote. His wry annual is affected by abroad aching as he remembers an English summertime day, beforehand this year, back he went arcade in his bounded supermarket. Midway through a difficult alternation adjoin Pakistan, afterwards a afflictive division in which he had bootless to annual added than 29 in eight alternating Test innings, Cook drifted through Morrisons. He noticed again that he was actuality trailed.

"This little kid followed me around," Cook says as, in his memory, he block accomplished the accessible commons and active appear the bake-apple and vegetables. "Eventually, he said, 'You're Alastair Cook, aren't you?' Back I nodded, he looked me up and bottomward and said, 'You're not batting actual well, are you?'"

Was he tempted to accord the chattering eject a clip? "I don't anticipate I was too abrupt to him. But I didn't adhere about either. He was about 14 and so we didn't accept a conversation. It beatific my claret burden rocketing because you think, 'Aw, what a little bits – what appropriate has he got to say that?'"

That aforementioned kid could be swanning about Morrisons now – cogent anybody how his mate, Cookie, has advance addled dejection beyond Australia, batting for added than thousand account amid dismissals. "Yeah, probably," Cook chuckles. "I can see him appropriate now."

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