Alastair Cook    Getty Images
Alastair Cook Getty Images

England were done and dusted at WACA, Perth against Australia to lose the third Test in Ashes 2017-18. In process, they also lost the urn with two games to spare. Former England skipper Alastair Cook equalled Sachin Tendulkar‘s dismal record by virtue of this defeat. Cook joined the likes of Jack Hobbs and Tendulkar to lose 14 Test matches in an away country; i.e. Australia. Cook, however, leads the chart with a disappointing loss per cent of 77.78 playing Down Under.

Most losses in an away country

14 Cook in Australia (18 Tests)

14 Jack Hobbs in Australia (24)

14 Sachin Tendulkar in Australia (20)

13 Brain Lara in Australia (19)

12 Shivnarine Chanderpaul in South Africa (14)

12 Wilfred Rhodes in Australia (20)

12 James Anderson in Australia (16)

James Anderson and Tendulkar follow Cook in terms of most defeats in Australia. While the English pacer has lost 75 per cent of Tests playing in hostile Australian conditions, Tendulkar lost 70 per cent of them. Jack Hobbs, former England batsman, lost 58 per cent of his total number of Tests in Australia. Brian Lara, on the other hand, lost 68.24 per cent in Australia. Surely, Australia isn’t an easy place, right?

Cook End of the road?

With Cook averaging only 13.83 in the current Ashes edition, looks like he is in his last tour Down Under. Tendulkar also had a similar ending to his career in Australia. In the 2011-12 Border Gavaskar Trophy, India were mauled by Australia 0-4. One of the big reasons for their failure was Tendulkar’s dismal run with the willow. The Master Blaster averaged 35.87 (much better than Cook) in the four-match series. Is Cook, and England, heading to the same direction?

Did You Know: This was England’s 8th consecutive defeat playing at WACA, Perth (since 1991-2017*).