England stick with Alastair Cook for third Pakistan Test
England have opted to stick with out-of-form opener Alastair Cook for the third Test against Pakistan at the Oval.
The 25-year-old’s dip in form has caused his place at the top of the order in Test cricket to come under scrutiny ahead of England’s trip Down Under to face Australia in the Ashes this winter.
Vice-captain Cook has only managed 100 runs in seven Test innings this summer with a highest score of just 29. But England selector Geoff Miller has backed the Essex opener to come good: “Alastair’s a battler and he’ll battle his way through it.”
“We were delighted with the way the team performed at Edgbaston in the second Test.”
Miller added: “To put together dominant performances in back-to-back Test matches is a credit to the team’s hard work, but the key remains consistency throughout the duration of the series.”
The third Test against Pakistan gets underway at the Oval on Wednesday.