James Morgan rates the performance of each player in the English Test squad and debates over whether to 'stick' or 'twist' with them in the new year after a disastrous ending to the year in India. Morgan believes Alastair Cook should be replaced as the captain but should be retained as an opener.
From the Thefulltoss.com:
Now the dust has settled on our embarrassing test series in India, it’s time to look ahead to 2017. Which players actually have a test future and which ones should be dumped faster than Kim Kardashian’s next husband?
Alastair Cook – twist and stick. England’s team is full of young, somewhat impetuous, attacking young players. Cook is therefore out of place as the team’s leader. He’s simply not a good fit for either this group of players or the Australian coach. England persevering with Cook would be like Guns & Roses hiring Aled Jones as their new singer. It’s a recipe for destruction.
As a batsman Cook is obviously still worth his place. However, I’m slightly concerned that he’s not making the hundreds he once did – just five in his last 60+ test innings. Is he simply burned out and in need of a rest, or has his hunger diminished somewhat?
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