Alastair Cook Captaincy Will Forever Be Scrutinised
Alastair Cook’s captaincy has come under serious scrutiny both before and during the Ashes. I bet no one has anything to say after winning the Ashes and leading the English team to a third consecutive series win over the Aussies since the 1950’s. Even during the fourth test, which turned out so favourably for the skipper, former Australian player Shayne Warne took to twitter to critique Cook’s captaincy. The former player stated he was too defensive and negative too early on in the game. The fact that Stuart Broad stepped up to the plate and wrecked the batting of Australia does not mean the captaincy of Cook is legitimized.
Coach Andy Flower has at least come to the rescue of Cook, stating how influential he has been during the Ashes since taking over the reign from Andrew Strauss. When you look at it, he has won the series in India and now has tasted victory over England’s top rivals . Despite evidence to the contrary, he has been labelled as an overly cautious captain who is afraid of taking risks. The heat that Cook has faced has come from his own backyard as former players question his judgement and field placing.
One thing that is for sure is he has the backing of both the coach and the ten players he brings onto the field with him…. nothing else matters. He gets results and at the end of the day, it is the results that matter the most. For now the critics have been silenced – until the next trivial error when the media will be all over him again like a rash.
– Yhanick Scott