Saurabh Saket ∙ Jan 24 2023, 6:10 PM

Learning from Anderson was great now I’m desperate to play Test for England: Sam Cook

image-lda74wnkSam Cook plays alongside James Anderson for Essex in the County Championship (Source: Twitter)

The last Cook to play for England - a certain legendary opening batter - was James Anderson’s best mate. The next might one day prove his successor.

That was the lofty expectation being bestowed upon the uncapped Sam Cook by the end of his superb 2022 County Championship campaign, including by Tom Westley, the seamer’s captain at Essex, where among others to have sung his praises is, of course, namesake Sir Alastair.

After taking 51 wickets at 16.23 in the Championship last summer, Cook has spent part of the winter training alongside Anderson, who, like the fit-again Jofra Archer, joined the England Lions’ camp in the United Arab Emirates ahead of the Test tour to Pakistan before Christmas.

“To bowl in tandem with Jimmy was brilliant, The style of bowler that we are is probably more similar than with myself and Jofra, so picking his brains on how to move the Kookaburra ball, using reverse swing, different techniques of running in and covering the ball, making it harder for the batter to pick - all these things.”

“I’m desperate to play Test cricket so to have the opportunity to learn the skills off England’s greatest ever bowler is invaluable and something I’ve been incredibly fortunate to do.”

Cook is back with the Lions this week as they begin their tour of Sri Lanka, one of only four players involved in both red- and white-ball squads having enjoyed something of a breakthrough year in the shorter formats, excelling in the Blast, before being named player of the match in the Hundred final and then earning a first overseas franchise gig in the Abu Dhabi T10 league.

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