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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    As I said in the Colly tribute thread, don't confuse "talent" with "style". Succeeding despite having relatively poor strokeplay is a talent.
    Isn't that the mental strength and application that he alludes to? Working around your limitations is certainly an attribute that any batsman, hell, any successful sportsman needs to get to the top. Some just have fewer limitations than others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Cook was basically Anderson's batting coach for quite a while (I think they called him a batting "buddy"), so there's probably some playful ribbing there.
    Wonder what KP thinks of it though...

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vcs View Post
    Wonder what KP thinks of it though...
    The point I was making was that KP probably doesn't take it seriously at all, because Jimmy probably spruiks Cook light-heartedly all the time amongst the batting group.
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    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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    For me 'talent' incorporates a lot of stuff, including temperament and concentration. Obviously Cook has those qualities in excess where Pietersen doesn't.
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    Pietersen won't wear this, being the egotistical soul he is. This will split England in two, divide them completely.

    It's all over for them now. Downhill from here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Got_Spin View Post
    hehehe. looking after balls.
    Considering all the Cook love of SS..
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Pietersen won't wear this, being the egotistical soul he is. This will split England in two, divide them completely.

    It's all over for them now. Downhill from here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    Thoughts on your favorite player getting $5 million for 14 weeks of work over two years?
    Who's that? I take it you mean the IPL? Couldn't give a sub-continental about it mate.

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    What a week.

    Plenty of runs in South Africa.

    US$2.4 mill

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    Dravid got $2.4 mil? Good on him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Dravid got $2.4 mil? Good on him.
    Dravid only got $500k.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post


    What a week.

    Plenty of runs in South Africa.

    US$2.4 mill

    WAG
    Actually change that to WAGGG

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