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Neil Wagner ready to put friendship with Alastair Cook on hold

Alastair Cook’s friendly reunion with New Zealand seamer Neil Wagner will have to be put on hold when the serious business of the first Test starts in Auckland. England’s national record run-scorer has already had a few convivial chats with his Essex team-mate, about county championship-winning days together at Chelmsford et al. But feisty left-armer Wagner has a job to ...

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Reborn Alastair Cook: I nearly quit after Ashes

Alastair Cook has revealed how close he came to the end of his record-breaking career during England’s latest Ashes defeat before he was rescued by a perfect demonstration of the powers that have made him England’s leading runscorer. A near-deserted Seddon Park yesterday at the end of a few warm-up exercises could not have been further away from the heat ...

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Ashes digest: Alastair Cook joins the MCG honours board

Alastair Cook’s unbeaten 244 surpassed Sir Viv Richard’s 208 in 1984 His name has replaced the West Indies great on the honours’ board Australia have added Ashton Agar to their squad for the fifth Test next week  By Chris Stocks For The Mail On Sunday Published: 22:30 GMT, 30 December 2017 | Updated: 23:00 GMT, 30 December 2017 England avoided ...

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Ashes fourth Test ratings: Alastair Cook in heaven

England avoided a third whitewash in four Ashes tours despite being denied a win by a stellar Australian rearguard on Saturday. A placid pitch at the MCG and another Steve Smith century kept Joe Root’s side from registering their first win down under since 2011. Here Sportsmail rate both sets of players after the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne ended ...

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Cook admits he has been ’embarrassed’ by Ashes scores

Alastair Cook admitted to being ’embarrassed’ by his Ashes showing before a record-breaking double-century which kept England in control of the fourth Test at the MCG. Cook (244 not out) had not managed more than 37 in his previous 10 innings but resumed on day three with his 32nd Test hundred already in the book. But it was to get ...

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Alastair Cook hits 200 as England establish lead

The relief of reaching his hundred was replaced by pure joy when Alastair Cook doubled it at the MCG to carry his bat and England on his broad shoulders towards a position where they can finally hope to defeat Australia. What a moment it was for Cook when he played what is a rarity for him in the form of ...

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Ashes: Stuart Broad reveals Cook century celebrations

Alastair Cook’s brilliant Ashes century has banished all concerns his England career might be over at the end of this series. His unbeaten hundred brought to an end the worst run drought of his 151-cap Test career and put England in a commanding position on the second day of the fourth Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, albeit with the ...

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Cook finds his feet to build on bowlers’ morning

Tea England 1 for 72 (Cook 37*, Vince 17*) trail Australia 327 (Warner 103, Smith 76, S Marsh 61, Broad 4-51, Anderson 3-61) by 255 runsLive scorecard and ball-by-ball details England continued to fight back into the Boxing Day Test on the second afternoon in Melbourne, where they progressed to 1 for 72 at tea after running through Australia’s lower ...

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