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    May 11, 2006

    Alastair Cook, meet Rahul Dravid and Statsguru

    England's major find from the test series in India was Alastair Cook. He was picked for the Lord's test against Sri Lanka, which got underway today, to bat at #3.

    Obviously chuffed at being picked, in his column in the Daily Telegraph, he wrote about how it would be a honour to bat at #3.
    There has been a bit of talk over the last week about my new spot at No 3. People have said that it is a problem position, and an unfamiliar thing for me, but I don't want to build it into an issue. I will just go about my game the same way I always do.

    In some ways, I see it as a compliment. Think about the people who have batted in that position around the world and you come up with names such as Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis.
    Alastair, or perhaps I should be addressing your ghost-writer, Sachin Tendulkar has never batted at #3 in tests. I believe you were referring to the other Indian with 100 tests to his name, possibly the second best #3 of all time.
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 5:31 PM |
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    Yes, he managed to miss the two best current number three batsman while nominating one who's never played there in Tests, and another who does so only sporadically (Lara). I can only assume that, as an opener, all middle-order batsmen look the same to him.

    By Anonymous Geoff (11-May-2006, 9:35:00 PM)  

    geoff: Hah yeah, I forgot Ricky! Then again, like I've pointed out often earlier, Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting - what's the difference?!

    By Blogger Jagadish (12-May-2006, 10:56:00 AM)  

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