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    What does Cook have to do?

    It's generally accepted that in a hypothetical All-Time XI Scenario, the batting for England would be opened by a combination of Hobbs, Hutton, Sutcliffe or Grace - with most sides tending to lean towards the former two.

    In lieu of Alastair Cook's 23rd Test century (taking him past Boycott, Cowdrey and Hammond) and becoming the youngest batsman to pass 7000 Test match runs, I think it is a pretty fair question to ask what he has to do from now on to be mentioned in an All-Time England XI discussion.

    So, what does Cook have to do?

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    start slog sweeping fast bowlers
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    Bat like this fir a few more years, atleast till his mid 30s... thatll be enouh to atleast merit discussion even though he might not be chosen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
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    a. cook may well be the only player ever who, when discussing ATG status, will have the issue of how much they sweat come up

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    Just keep on keeping on. You can't argue against his (potential) longevity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvd619323 View Post
    It's generally accepted that in a hypothetical All-Time XI Scenario, the batting for England would be opened by a combination of Hobbs, Hutton, Sutcliffe or Grace - with most sides tending to lean towards the former two.

    In lieu of Alastair Cook's 23rd Test century (taking him past Boycott, Cowdrey and Hammond) and becoming the youngest batsman to pass 7000 Test match runs, I think it is a pretty fair question to ask what he has to do from now on to be mentioned in an All-Time England XI discussion.

    So, what does Cook have to do?
    Has scored over half those tons in the past 2 years so it'll be interesting how his record changes when the inevitable form trough comes. How he goes after that will probably dictate how's he's regarded in an all-time sense.

    Hell of a record already, though.
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    Just keep on keeping on. You can't argue against his (potential) longevity.

    Yeah it's fairly basic. He'll never get the plaudits on style, so like Kallis, he'll just have to keep on grinding on, then people will start to believe.
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    he has got to hope that he faces strong attacks more often so that he can prove himself against them.

    if he does really well in the 10 ashes tests against Pattingson/cummings and siddle co.. then he'll start to be rated very highly.
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    Cook is a run machine. His play over here in the last Ashes series was one of the finest exhibition of run making I've ever seen. Legitimate run machine.
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    it might be just bad run of form. I have seen some quality bowlers like Asif,Aamer and Philander make him look way below average. However can't argue with his record though but I feel he is one of those who really cashes in if the bowling attack is slightly average.

    Bit like a young Kallis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Cat View Post
    Has scored over half those tons in the past 2 years so it'll be interesting how his record changes when the inevitable form trough comes. .
    english are playing like 15 tests a year.
    it's almost like 3 years of tests squeezed into 2.

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    Cook's average is 49.37

    I guess if he gets it above 50, and maintains it there for a while, he should be in with a good shout.

    Some more Test wins as captain wouldn't hurt either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by centurymaker View Post
    he has got to hope that he faces strong attacks more often so that he can prove himself against them.

    if he does really well in the 10 ashes tests against Pattingson/cummings and siddle co.. then he'll start to be rated very highly.
    yup this could be break or break for him. Even in his golden run of form for last two years his record against the only two sides that had good bowling attacks has been mediocre.

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