Cook is a very good player who had a series where he overachieved and no KP is light years ahead in terns of natural talent Cook disciplined was outstanding this series.
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.
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Even if people think discipline and temperament are just as much a talent as strokeplay, colloqiually it's not used in that way.
When someone says about a 14 year old "this kid is very talented, we should nurture him" you don't think "he doesn't get sucked into half volleys outside off stump". You think "he can pull a ball off a length better than most kids his age."
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