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This was a bizarre Test for England’s captain.
His 51 in the second innings was perhaps the most fluent innings of the whole match by an England player, and he seemed the only one capable of marrying defence and attack effectively.
However, the promise of that innings was overshadowed not only by the defeat, but by Cook’s fielding and captaincy on the final day of the match.
Having dropped a straightforward catch at first slip, Cook marshalled England’s defence of 230 with little feel and some odd bowling changes.
Sure, the total didn’t allow Cook much margin for error with his decisions, but they were well wide of the mark and England’s heads and spirits seemed broken just minutes into the first session.