Sir Alastair Cook knocked one over during the County Championship game between Essex and Kent and made a bizarre impression on one of his deliveries
Cook had earlier scored a brilliant hundred as Essex stacked to 514 in their first innings, with Nick Browne and debutant Matt Critchley also scoring ton. In response, Kent managed to gain a lead in the first innings as they scored 581, with Ben Compton and Jordan Cox both going into triple figures.
And as the game headed towards a draw, Essex captain Tom Westley handed the ball over to Cook. The legendary opener is little known for his bowling, having won just seven wickets in his nearly twenty-year professional career.
His over was certainly entertaining, however, as he used a bizarre run-up while bowling Jackson Bird. A clip of the delivery was further shared by the County Championship Twitter captioned: “Sir Alastair Cook, always the entertainer #LVCountyChamp”
“He’s going to take prints,” says one commenter. “Who is that now? He storms in and Jackson Bird does it gently for him,” laughed the other commenter.
And fans also found Cook’s efforts entertaining, with one simply tweeting “things you like to watch”. “Alastair Cook Bowling always brightens your day,” added a second. “Oddly enough, there are some people who don’t like the County Championship,” wrote a third.
Cook has previously posed as the late great Bob Willis at bowling, having done so last year a game against Surrey and also during a friendly against India in 2014. Cook threw two overs during that game and managed to nullify his only Test wicket by strangling Ishant Sharma in the leg side for 13.
In the end, the game ended in a draw between Essex and Kent, with Westley admitting that any chances of a positive result were “killed after the second day”. He said: “It wasn’t the normal Chelmsford wicket, although we had a similar wicket against Worcestershire this time last year.
“It’s a little bit out of our control. It was pretty dead and the game was killed by the number of runs scored after day two. But starting the campaign with 12 points is positive and the way the bowlers went and went on – and obviously three centurions – is all positive.”
Kent coach Matt Walker said: “It was very difficult to win the game when the other side put 500 on the board. I think Essex would concede it would be difficult to get a result from that wicket, not that it was a bad wicket – [there was] just not enough in there for the seamstresses.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/cricket/alastair-cook-bowling-county-championship-26685214 Alastair Cook stuns fans with bizarre impression bowling for Essex vs Kent