I and Strauss set the tone for England innings, says Alastair Cook – Cricket News Update

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I and Strauss set the tone for innings, says Alastair Cook – Cricket News Update
Prolific England batsman Alastair Cook, who has scored over 5000 Test runs in 110 opening partnerships with Test skipper Andrew Strauss, on Tuesday expressed satisfaction over the statistic and hoped to continue “setting the tone” for
England’s innings in future as well.
"I saw that stat the other day [5,000 runs]. It’s a nice little thing to have done. It’s quite clearly the opening partnership that tries to set the tone,” the 27-year-old Gloucester born left-handed batsman was quoted as saying by a leading
UK daily., the ODI captain of the national side, have been opening for the Poms for nearly six years, a long journey which saw the duo taking the side to the world number one Test ranking
last summer, besides numerous series wins.
Cook said that when bowling first, the onus of setting the tone lies on fast bowlers but when batting first, it is the responsibility of Strauss and himself to provide the side with a match-winning launch
"At the top of the order you come across every situation and condition and hopefully we inspire a bit of confidence in our dressing room when we walk out to bat," the left-handed opening batsman added further.
The one-day skipper of England also backed the under fire young batsman Jonny Bairstow, saying that judging a player on one or two knocks is ridiculous, and hoped the rookie batsman would soon bounce back to silence his critiques.
"I have no doubt he’ll play a lot of times for England,” said the 27-year-old batting star of the young Yorkshire batsman. "He showed on his one-day debut he has what it takes...because of what happened [at Trent Bridge] everyone
is talking about it. That is what he has to deal with,” he added further.
Bairstow, the 22-year-old right-handed batsman from at Lord’s last month and failed to prove a point in both the opening Tests, scoring 16, unbeaten zero and 4 runs in his three innings
played so far. The young batsman struggled against Kemar Roach’s short-balls at Trent Bridge, but Cook was hopeful he will overcome the weakness with time.
England have already attained an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match Test series, with the final Test starting at Edgbaston on Thursday, June 7, 2012.



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