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England batsman Alex Hales picks his All Time XI

England's opening batsman Alex Hales, who celebrated his twenty-ninth birthday last week, has named his greatest All Time XI. The opening batsmen Hales picks are fellow teammate Alastair Cook and Indian batsman Virender Sehwag. Hales thinks the combination of right and left batting will complement each other and will work together well. Alastair Cook is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen ever to play for England, and is one of the most prolific batsmen of the modern era, and is the leading run-scorer in Test…

Cook says he deserved the axe – before epic double ton

MELBOURNE: Alastair Cook said selectors would have been entitled to drop him over his poor form -- before his masterful double-century put England in a winning position in the fourth Ashes Test. The unflappable opening batsman crushed Australia's hopes of sweeping the five-Test series with an unbeaten 244 on Thursday to put the tourists 164 runs ahead of Australia with two days left. The Ashes are already gone after England lost the opening three Tests, with Cook contributing just 83 runs in six innings. But he made at…

Ashes Test: Lyon roars with run-out to slow England

BRISBANE: England's James Vince was left kicking himself after he was spectacularly run out close to an Ashes debut century, as Australia struck late to leave the first Test finely balanced after day one on Thursday. Captain Joe Root and Alastair Cook both fell cheaply before the tourists reached 196 for four when bad light ended an attritional, rain-affected day at Brisbane's Gabba ground. Vince top-scored as the tourists went along slowly, blunting Australia's much-vaunted pace attack at a venue dubbed 'The…

Forget Johnson and there are no magic balls, says Cook

MELBOURNE: Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson wreaked havoc when England last toured Down Under but dwelling on something that happened four years ago is meaningless, former visiting captain Alastair Cook said on Tuesday. Johnson etched his name into Australian sporting folklore by plundering England’s order for 37 wickets at an average of 13.97 to be named man-of-the-series in the 2013-14 Ashes, which the hosts won 5-0. The tour saw England batsman Jonathan Trott fly back home mid-series with a stress-related…

WATCH: England batsman Alastair Cook names his All Time XI

England's cricketer and former captain Alastair Cook has unveiled his all-time great World XI cricket team featuring some of the greatest and iconic players. All the cricketers chosen are those who have played with or against Cook with one exception. Therefore, Cook has picked former England legend Graham Gooch as the captain of the team. Gooch is a former England and Essex legend and was widely regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of his generation and is also the most highest run scorer in professional…

Root named England’s new Test skipper

LONDON: Joe Root has been named as new Test captain of England, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Monday. Yorkshire batsman Root, previously England's vice-captain, had been the overwhelming favourite to replace Alastair Cook ever since the Essex opener resigned as Test skipper after a national record 59 matches in charge last week. Root, who made his England debut under Cook, is now widely regarded as England's leading batsman. “It is a huge honour to be given the England Test captaincy," the…

Cook could no longer be ‘100 percent’ captain

LONDON: Alastair Cook said he could no longer give the "100 percent" required as he explained in detail on Tuesday why he had resigned as England's Test captain. The 32-year-old opening batsman, who wants to continue his England career, announced Monday he was resigning after a national record 59 Tests in charge. Cook looked emotionally drained after England's 4-0 series loss in India in December, with the tourists suffering innings defeats in the last two matches. That followed a maiden Test defeat by Bangladesh earlier…

Alastair Cook quits as England Test captain – ECB

LONDON: Alastair Cook resigned as England Test captain after a record 59 matches in the role, saying Monday it was "a sad day" but the right decision for the team. Cook, England's leading scorer in Tests with 11,057 runs, became captain in August 2012 and led his country to Ashes glory on home soil in 2013 and 2015 as well as series wins in India and South Africa. Yorkshire batsman Joe Root is the early favourite to take over with an announcement expected in the next fortnight. "It's been a huge honour to be England…

Root backs ‘brilliant’ Cook to remain England captain

NEW DELHI: Batsman Joe Root has backed Alastair Cook to remain as England skipper, hailing him as a "brilliant leader" despite the team's woes on their current tour of India. Root, widely tipped to succeed Cook when the veteran skipper does make way, played down talk that he was ready to take the helm by telling reporters he was happy with his role in the team. Cook's future has been called into question after he admitted just before the tour that he could quit at the end of the five-Test series and that he was finding…