Cook 'could become best ever English batsman'

08/06/2011

Cricket fans who will be Kia Oval hospitality guests for the first One-Day International between England and Sri Lanka may be keen to see how new captain Alastair Cook copes with the added responsibilities.

Following his latest test century against the tourists this week at Lord's, the 26-year-old has been praised by one commentator as a "special talent".

In his column for the BBC, Jonathan Agnew added that, with the England opener likely to have another ten years of his career ahead of his, it is possible that he could "break every record".

The latest ton takes his total to 18 test centuries in his 67 matches, with Agnew noting this puts him just four behind the all-time record.

However, he added that it is important Cook does not let the added pressure of the one-day captaincy affect his game, as "there are going to be a lot of distractions that could knock him off his stride and you don't want anything that would put him off his form".

Posted by Keith Prowse
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