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?'”
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Australia’s Great Come Back on the last day, in the last session of the second test in Adelaide.
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At Adelaide, December 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 2006. Australia won by six wickets. Toss: England.
Great Man theory, originally associated with the philosopher Thomas Carlyle, holds that the whole of human history has been determined by a handful of people. In cricketing terms, it has always been hard to dispute, especially when you’re sitting at Don Bradman’s home ground.
For four days and 43 minutes of this Test match, there was plenty of time to think about such matters, and also whether it might be more amusing to spend the final afternoon hiring a pedalo on the River Torrens instead of watching this turgid contest dribble away to its inevitable draw. Then came the Great Man.
Shane Warne conjured up perhaps the most astounding victory of even his career. Here was a pitch that, all along, had offered the possibility to a batsman with sufficient stamina and perseverance of staying at the crease until the 2010-11 Ashes. Suddenly the placid earth began to crack and crumble and boil and bubble, as if the San Andreas Fault had opened directly underneath. But the fault was all England’s. In the first innings, they had convinced themselves the Wizard of Oz was no great magician but just a cunning illusionist. Now they thought he could make the earth move. And so he did.
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Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott set a series of records as England hit an extraordinary 517-1 on the final day of the first Ashes Test before declaring.
The match finished in an expected draw, Australia replying with 107-1 having been set 297 to win from 41 overs.
Cook’s 235 not out was the sixth best Ashes score by an Englishman and he also surpassed Sir Don Bradman for the highest Test score at the Gabba.
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