Cook targets better consistency

25 April 2018 18:25:57 GMTPlus11

Opening batsman Alastair Cook is eager to retain his place in the England Test team by scoring the runs which will continue to justify his selection.

The 33-year-old left-hander enjoyed an inconsistent winter in Australia and New Zealand, passing fifty just once in seven Tests, however, he made the most of his one opportunity as he racked up a magnificent unbeaten 244 in Melbourne.

You have to score the runs to justify your place.

Alastair Cook

And Cook, now a veteran of 154 Test appearances, is aware that ne needs to put runs on the board on a more consistent basis to ensure he is selected to face Pakistan and India this summer.

He told reporters: "My job never changes. It's to score runs at the top of the order and, if you don't score runs, there's been times throughout my career where people have questioned my place like they are questioning it now - that hasn't changed.

"If someone taps me on the shoulder and tells me they don't want me to open for England, it is going to hurt because at this precise moment I want to carry on.

"The hunger and desire is still there, but no-one has a God-given right to play for England. You have to score the runs to justify your place."

Cook currently has 12,028 Test runs to his name, scored at an average of 45.73 and including 32 centuries and 55 half-centuries.

Meanwhile, England are 1.80 to win the 2019 Ashes series on home soil, with the draw available at 6.00 and an Australia victory priced at 2.75.

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