Thursday, 21 November 2019

Gooch backs Cook to rediscover England form

Graham Gooch-Alastair Cook

LONDON: Graham Gooch had been Alastair Cook’s mentor and was England’s batting coach during its India tour in 2012.

Graham Gooch has backed Alastair Cook to come out of his Ashes slump and start scoring big runs for England once again.

Cook’s highest score in five innings during the series in Australia is 37, and the opener fell for just seven on day one of the third Test in Perth after being trapped lbw by paceman Mitchell Starc, with the tourist going on to post 305-4 thanks to Dawid Malan (110 not out) and Jonny Bairstow (75no).

It continues a worrying run of form for the 32-year-old, leading some – including Kevin Pietersen – to question whether Cook still has the fight for Test cricket.

Cook himself insisted he was up for the battle in his pre-match news conferences, but another failure puts further attention on England’s record run scorer in Tests.

However, Gooch – who was previously top of England’s batting records – insists Cook is capable of rediscovering top form, and he hopes that will be during the current series.

“He’s had no form in this series, he’s had five innings with low scores,” Gooch told Omnisport, speaking courtesy of Greene King IPA.

“Alastair’s been the rock of our batting for a decade, he is a great player, 11,000 runs, his 150th Test, he’s having a few bad matches which happens even to the greatest players.

“I have every confidence that at 32 there are more runs left in him yet, we need him to perform in this series if we’re going to have a chance of getting back into it. He’s having a tough little time but I have no reason to believe that he won’t come good in the end.”

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