Alastair Cook’s captaincy is going to get tested big time in the test series against Sri Lanka that will start from Thursday. The Essex batsman who had given the charge of the English test side after Andrew Strauss’ retirement in 2012 is not considered as a natural leader by everyone. Many people believe he should never have been given this responsibility as he lacks man management skills.
Still, Cook has been getting regular support by the England Cricket Board. The ECB even sacked a few people from the set up who didn’t seem to be getting along that well with Cook. He has now been given the team of his choice. So, it’s the time for him to deliver as captain and also as batsman.
People shouldn’t forget the fact that on the Australia tour, not only did Cook fail as captain; he failed as a batsman too. He had gone there as one of the most experienced batsmen of the team having played close to 100 test matches, but, apart from a couple of decent innings, his performance was very, very disappointing from England’s point of view. So, he needs to revive himself as a batsman too.
Cook will have a new opening partner in the first test against Sri Lanka. It’s the Australian born player Sam Robson who will walk out with him to open the innings for England at Lord’s.
The England captain would hope that Robson does well and establishes himself in the team so that he gets a regular opening partner.
After the exit of Strauss, England has already tried three different people at the top of the order with Cook namely Nick Compton, Joe Root and Michael Carberry, but, neither of them has been successful.