The 25-year-oldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dip in form has caused his place at the top of the order in Test cricket to come under scrutiny ahead of EnglandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.
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