I want to play all three formats: Cook

Alastair Cook said he has worked hard to develop range of shots and there’s huge potential still to come as those shots become more and more natural Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Sep 12, 2011

England One-day International skipper Alastair Cook, who was adjudged Test Cricketer of the Year for 2011, is vying for a place in England’s Twenty20 squad to face the West Indies on Wednesday as captain or otherwise.

England are looking for a temporary replacement for the injured Stuart Broad, who is currently in charge of their Twenty20 team.

“It’s another step out of my comfort zone. But I’ve scored runs for Essex in Twenty20 and if I get the chance to play Twenty20 (for England) I hope I can show that again.”

He added: “I’ve always said I want to play all three formats of the game. Test cricket obviously comes a bit more naturally to me and suits my style of game.

“In the last two years I’ve really worked hard to develop my range of shots and it’s worked, and I think there’s huge potential still to come as those shots become more and more natural.”

Cook, who played his fourth and last Twenty20 match almost two years ago, said: “Obviously it’s very disappointing for Stuart to miss out. It’s gutting for him, but it gives another person a chance to captain England.

“The selectors will make that decision. It’s not whether you’d like the job, it’s whether you’re honoured enough to be given it.”