No question that Jaques' technique doesn't look great, but it hasn't stopped him from averaging 60 odd in first class cricket. Anyway, looking unorthodox and actually having a major weakness in your batting are different things. If Cook never sorts out his problems outside off stump he could struggle against McGrath/Clark type bowlers his whole career, whereas Jaques could look rubbish when the ball is moving but not get out and make heaps of runs. There are plenty of examples of technical purists struggling.Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
IMO, it's pretty hard to split Cook and Jaques this early. Jaques has a massive weight of runs in domestic cricket behind him, while Cook is younger and has had a good start in tests. I really like Cook and think he'll go a long way. Having said that, with Jaques and Rogers unable to break into the team at the moment, I disagree with the original assertion that Australia would "kill for someone like Cook". We're spoilt for choice with quality openers at the moment.