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Alastair Cook ready for Adelaide test

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England captain Alastair Cook has recently said that he is all clear about whom he will take in the second test at Adelaide Oval starting tonight.

When asked about whether he will go with Monty (in a press conference), he said: “It is a realistic option, that’s one of the skills you try and have as a captain and coach, senior players, to try to judge the state of the wicket.

“One of crucial things about home advantage is you know the wicket better than the opposition, so we have to use all experience to pick the right side.

“We're clear in our own mind (who we will pick).”

Though, it would be really be difficult for any player in the team to fill Trott’s boots. The kind of quality and consistency that the Warwickshire man has shown in the past is commendable and is really hard to match as well: "When you lose a player of Trotty’s experience, it's impossible to fill straight away with a new guy starting his career or a guy with a lot fewer Test matches.

“The senior guys have always got to stand up and deliver.

“Most of the time, you look at a lot of the Test victories or good wins, it's the senior players who lead it.

“These 10 days we've had off, we've been making sure we've been putting things in place, had some good meetings about it.

“But there's no point talking about a good game. We have to make sure we deliver a good game.” When asked about Bresnan, he told “He's fully fit. He's come back amazingly well from his injury in his back.

“He played that last game for the EPP (a week ago), and came through that totally unscathed.

He's ready and available for selection.

“One of his great skills is he does bowl a lot of overs in Test matches. He's done that in the past.

“If we decide to go (with) Bresy, he's ready to play.”

Well, most probably, it could be someone from Bresnan or Panesar because of their experience of playing in Australia and doing well at the same time. Going with Stokes, Ballance or Bairstow could well be a gamble that is unlikely to pay off. And, at this time, England really have no room for such gambles.

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