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India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Alastair Cook’s knock sign of great mental strength, believes Nasser Hussain

Alastair Cook bounced back by scoring 95 on Day One at Southampton © Getty Images
Alastair Cook bounced back by scoring 95 on Day One at Southampton © Getty Images

Jul 28, 2014

Nasser Hussain, the former England captain, has praised Alastair Cook for his mental strength following his innings of 95 against India on Day One of the third Test at Southampton. Cook has been under great pressure following his barren run and this innings of 95 may help him win back confidence. It has been a tough time for England and the captain, but this innings could be one that fosters confidence.

Hussain was quoted by Sky Cricket, “It shows great mental strength. The pressure he has been under for quite a long time, both with his own game and with England losing, is absolutely immense, so it was great mental strength to produce that innings. It helped him today that he didn’t have any of the burdens of captaincy — field settings, last-wicket partnerships — all he had to do today was toss the coin, say we’ll bat and go out there.”

Hussain does feel that Cook has some way to go before getting back into full flow. He said, “He’s still a work in progress and it’s whether he can carry this on but England and England fans want him to go back to being the run machine that he once was – and he was nearly there today (Sunday). He will be England’s leading run getter. He was always going to get runs. But can he go back to being the player he was, with captaincy weighing heavily on his shoulders?”

Cook’s innings of 95 and Gary Ballance’s unbeaten ton helped England finish Day One at a good position of 247 for two. Though the rate of run-scoring was slow, they are certainly in a good position and would want to put pressure on India on Day Two.

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