Alastair Cook – the greedy batsman who wants more

On a quiet night in another Australian hotel room, with the hours dragging until battle resumes in the Ashes on Thursday, Alastair Cooktells a vivid story. But the England opener does not linger over his epic innings in Brisbane, when he helped save the first Test and broke Don Bradman‘s record for the highest score at The Gabba by batting 10½ hours for his undefeated 235.

He also skips across his seven-hour knock in Adelaide, when his 148 set up a crushing innings victory.

Cook focuses instead on an amusing anecdote. His wry account is framed by distant hurt as he remembers an English summer day, earlier this year, when he went shopping in his local supermarket.

“This little kid followed me around,” Cook says as, in his memory, he slips past the ready meals and heads towards the fruit and vegetables. “Eventually, he said, ‘You’re Alastair Cook, aren’t you?’ When I nodded, he looked me up and down and said, ‘You’re not batting very well, are you?'”

Full story: The Guardian

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