Tuesday 24 January 2017

Cook pledges to let his young guns off the leash

Nick Hoult

Published 08/07/2015 | 02:30

England captain Alastair Cook and Australian counterpart Michael Clarke pose with a replica of the Ashes urn in Cardiff
England captain Alastair Cook and Australian counterpart Michael Clarke pose with a replica of the Ashes urn in Cardiff

Alastair Cook has pledged to captain England in a bolder and more aggressive style as he tries to regain the Ashes urn he lost in the traumatic 5-0 whitewash 18 months ago.

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With young attacking talent at his disposal in Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Jos Buttler, Cook believes he now has the personnel to enable him to be more hawkish in the field.

There can really be no other way, for in Michael Clarke he is up against one of the most innovative captains of recent years, who was always one or two moves ahead in the past two Ashes series, even though England won 3-0 in 2013.

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