A lastair Cook has rediscovered his form at a vital time and he gives the credit for his good run to one of the most unlikeliest of sources possible.
Speaking about his recent run of success, Cook said that farming has helped him refresh his mind a bit. But he hoped that England gets a bit of rainfall because his farmland needs some fresh new grass.
“Farming has got to get bit of a credit for the runs I’ve been getting. Desperate for a bit of rain. The sheets need some new fresh grass and it could do with a bit of rain,” Cook said.
As England get ready to host India for a five-match Test series from August 1 at Edgbaston, Cook’s form will be a welcome sight for Joe Root and the team management, especially at a time when England struggling with their opening combination over the last couple of years. While Cook has remained one of the batsmen, his partners have kept on changing, putting additional pressure on the veteran to perform.
Over the last few years, Cook has been on and off with the bat. He has got big runs in one Test match and then struggled in the next few. The consistency has lacked but the 33-year-old’s recent run with Essex has been a positive sign personally for the southpaw. He carried that form against the touring India A side as well and slammed 180 for the England Lions in the only unofficial Test at Worcester to guide the home team to a 253-run victory on Wednesday
And, the former captain, who is also England’s leading run-scorer in Test cricket with 12145 runs from 156 games, feels that he is in a good frame of mind and is hitting the ball well.
“I think it’s best to refresh sometimes. Sometimes you get into rhythm and you want to keep playing…sometimes you play a lot and can get into bad habit. So bit of a time way, its been two-and-a-half weeks off as such and I felt good coming back in and training with Essex last week and hit the ball okay.
“It was a dry wicket and a little bit of turn and hopefully it will turn a little bit more as the game goes on. It is one of those wickets where you get it in the first 20-30 balls, which is like quite a hardowrk but once you get into it, it is quite even and you get into a rhythm of batting,” Cook said.
He is now expected to join the England squad as they prepare for the Test series against India. The home side is yet to announce the squad but he is expected to partner Keaton Jennings, who scored a gritty 57-ball 28 on his return to Test cricket against Pakistan at Leeds last month.
The Test match at Edgbaston will be followed by Tests at Lord’s (August 9 to August 13), Trent Bridge (August 18 to August 22), The Rose Bowl (August 30 to September 3) and Kennington Oval (September 7 to September 11).
News credit : Indiatoday