Agree with PEWS here. Cook, as is obvious to even casual observers, doesn't have KP's range of shot, barely hits a ball down the ground for instance.
What he has in spades is discipline and determination. Now he's totally sure where his off stump is he's also (mostly) ignored the balls slanted across him he used to consistently nick behind. Ironically his dismissal at the SCG was "Cook's outs 101", but as he's made 189 at the time one's minded to look past it.
KP's only rival in our XI for the "natural batting ability" stakes is Bell IMHO.
- As featured in The Independent.
"This is not the time for namby-pamby promising youngsters who might just do something; not the time for building for the future. Pragmatism rules and they don't come more pragmatic than Rogers."
- Victor Marks makes the case for stiff-legged and stiff-armed 35 year old left-handers in Ashes squads