England-opener Alastair Cook can be forced to miss the fourth test against India to attend the birth of his child. Cook and his wife Alice expect their third child to coincide with the Southampton test starting on Thursday, August 30. , a report about it Daily mail states that management in England hopes that the timing of the birth will enable Cook to play the crucial fourth test.
If Cook misses it, it will put an end to his world record of consecutive performances of 157 tests.
Surrey-opener Rory Burns is the main candidate who takes Cook's place on the UK side in case he opts out of the next test. The 27-year-old Burns has been a consistent performer for his county side, who has collected over 7000 first-class runs in 101 games and has been paying for an English cap for a while now.
Cook, England's highest run-scorer in Tests, has had a miserable form of 19 average this year, easily his worst since his debut in 2006. In the last 13 innings, Cook was able to come up with experts for only half a century. come. former captain.
In the first two Tests of the continuous series against India, Cook has scores of 2, 13 & 0 but with winning England on both occasions, his constant failures were not always the topic of conversation. However, with the hosts who need another 498 runs to win the third Test on Trent Bridge, Cook must get all his experience into play and dig with two remaining days in the game.
The worries of England were further extended with the fragmented form of Keaton Jennings and the break of Jonny Bairstow to his left middle finger on day 3. Although the wicket-keeper batsman will hit in the fourth inning if necessary.
First print: August 21, 2018, 12:48 PM IST