When I wrote my rather critical profile of Alastair Cook last week, I mentioned at the end that I would be only too happy to be proved wrong and write an apology to Cook at the end of the series, should it go well for him.
Well I’m going early, I don’t think there is any need to wait any longer. I’ve just about recovered from the shock of the last two days and the embarrassment of how stupid you can be made to look over something you have written (or most of what I have written lately). So here goes,
I’m really sorry Alastair for claiming that you are nothing more than a flat track bully who only scores big runs against Windies and Bangladesh.
I’m also sorry for claiming that you talk a better game than you actually play, and that the only reason you have not been dropped lately is because you are the captain in waiting.
With regard to the odds on you being top English series run scorer, I’m sorry for saying that I wouldn’t touch the 6/1 on offer with a barge poll.
I’m also sorry for myself for not taking the 6/1 on offer for you being top English batsman, but never mind, I’m used to making balls ups like that.
And I’m sorry for thinking that you would score less than the 302 runs you scored at Brisbane, over the course of the whole series.
I wasn’t the only one either, I saw a spread bet last week that had Cook down to only score between 260 and 280 runs in the whole series.
It was a remarkable innings. I don’t think I have ever seen Cook go out and play with such positive intent as he did in the 2nd innings here. His century against Pakistan was positive by previous standards, but this surpassed that innings by a mile.
Hopefully this is just the start for Cook and he can now go on and score plenty more runs. If he dosen’t have the self belief now, he never will.
It was also pleasing to see Jonathan Trott get rewarded for his good year by climbing to 8th in the test batting rankings. It’s strange to think he looked the most vulnerable batsman after the tour of South Africa last year.
I still see Trott as the man to really get under the Aussie’s skin during this series.
And a mention too for Jimmy Anderson. He is another one whom I wasn’t totally convinced by coming into this series. I thought he bowled brilliantly in this test match, the spell he bowled at Hussey and Haddin on the 3rd morning was as good a spell of bowling I have watched for a long time.
How he never made the breakthrough, only Aleem Dar knows!
Maybe I need to put the boot into Paul Collingwood now, then he will probably score a century as well.