Scotland v England: Alastair Cook praises Michael Leask after win
Scotland v England: Alastair Cook reserves praise for rival batsman Michael Leask after a 39-run Duckworth/Lewis win
Alastair Cook praised Michael Leask after the batsman’s impressive performance in England’s rain-affected win against Scotland on Friday.
The Scot gave the hosts a lifeline in reply to England 167-6 as the Aberdeen-born right-hander smashed 42 runs, including five sixes.
Leask’s innings was eventually brought to an end by James Tredwell, who finished with bowling figures of 4-40 at Mannonfield Park.
But the Scotland batsman caught the eye of the England captain as the visitors completed a 39-run Duckworth/Lewis victory to make a winning start under new coach Peter Moores.
“He was dangerous, wasn’t he?” said Cook.
“The only people who timed the ball were he and Belly, and they did it beautifully.
“He (Leask) has got a lovely swing of the bat – and when he hit it, it stayed hit.
“It was quite hard to keep getting after ‘Tricky Treds’ – he keeps pulling it back a little bit, even when the ball was extremely wet and he wasn’t getting much grip on it at all.
“But he (Leask) was dangerous, and that’s what Twenty20 cricket is about. One guy can win a game.
“It would have needed him to get 80 or 90 to do it … but while he was still in, it was definitely a possibility.”