Gooch: Cook needs to 'remake' his technique

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Former England batting coach Graeme Gooch, who worked with Alastair Cook for years before being sacked after the Ashes, feels the England skipper needs to 'remake' his batting technique in order to find form.

Former England batting coach Graeme Gooch, who worked with Alastair Cook for years before being sacked after the Ashes, feels the England skipper needs to 'remake' his batting technique in order to find form.

Cook has gone 25 innings without a Test ton, spanning a year, and has come under massive pressure as a result. Gooch feels opposition bowler have worked out how to remove him in all sorts of ways, so he needs to change his game.

Gooch told the <i>Independent</i>: "He has found all sorts of ways of getting out recently, and that is what happens when you're in this kind of form, but it would be wrong to say this is just bad form.

"Alastair does not get 8,500 runs in Test cricket without being a good player. You don't score 25 Test hundreds without being a good player.

"I think sometimes people forget just how good a run-maker he is, but in this instance he is not just in a run of bad form; opposition teams have worked out how to bowl to him to stop him scoring, to stop him playing shots.

"Australia did it, Sri Lanka, and now India have copied it. He has to go back and look at his game and remake it, to work out ways to score runs.

"It is a challenge he has got now and it is up to him to find a way to combat what the opposition are doing to him. He can do it, though."

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