Neville Bartos wrote:Cook's only 33. I'd like to have seen him take a year out of the game rather than retire. See how he felt afterwards.
Still maybe he's just had enough, and with the shite he's had to open with over the last couple of years, who can blame him.
We're fucked without him imo.
The whole team's packed with number 7's except Jennings, who doesn't look test class, and Root, who's hopelessly out of form and not capable of grinding it out when the ball's moving about as his shot in the first innings proved.
Cook's had 13 different opening partners since Strauss. None of them good enough. Rory Burns is the next name, but again, not test material. Of what I've seen this summer I'd seriously consider putting Ben Stokes in as opener. He's got the technique and he's the one player who looks like he has the patience.
And I'd bring Ian Bell back for the winter tour.