Ian Botham thinks that England captain Alastair Cook needs to become more positive in his approach.
England head into the Ashes series as heavy favourites against a young and inexperienced Australia side and Botham feels that Cook needs to become more positive in his captaincy if England are to get the expected victory in the series.
“Alastair is still learning his trade as captain and I'm sure that given the right advice from those around him, he'll learn how to become a little more positive in his approach,” the former England legend said.
“At times I think he sits back a little bit too long but you can't blame him for that entirely because that's been the England way.
“Alastair is still learning his trade as captain and I'm sure that given the right advice from those around him, he'll learn how to become a little more positive in his approach.
“At times I think he sits back a little bit too long but you can't blame him for that entirely because that's been the England way.”
Cook is generally regarded as one of the finest batsman in the world and will be determined to build upon his already impressive test batting average of 49.17 during the upcoming Ashes.
With Cook consistently hitting high scores with the bat, he has become one of England’s key players, but Botham believes getting the best out of his teammates is as equally as important a role as turning in good performances himself for Cook.
He said: “A captain's strength lies in his man-management, his tactical ability and his cricketing brain - that's why he's the leader, because he has the ability to bring 11 individuals together and get the best out of them. Every player is different and a good captain can't afford to tar everyone with the same brush.”
The Ashes start on July 10 - with the first Test taking place at Trent Bridge.
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