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Ashes 2017-18: Alastair Cook Works Hard in Nets to Return to Form

Alastair Cook, Adelaide, Pink ball Net Session, Working Hard, England, Mark Ramprakash, Paul Collingwood
In 268 Test innings, Cook scored 11,638 runs at an average of 46. Photo Credit: Aap.

As the Adelaide temperature rose to the maximum of over 39-degree centigrade on Wednesday (November 29), England opener toiled hard under the sweltering heat – to work on his batting before going to face hosts in the day and night Test which is slated to kick off from December 2.

Aiming to be among the bulk of runs, Cook on practiced hard in nets, as he was along to face the heat in Adelaide, according to the Australian media.

Pertinently, following the scheduled England team practice session Cook decided to continue to practice and try to plug in the loopholes.

Alastair Cook, Adelaide, Pink ball Net Session, Working Hard, England, Mark Ramprakash, Paul Collingwood
Cook didn’t cross the double-figure mark in Brisbane Test. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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Moreover, the fielding coach Paul Collingwood alongside Mark Ramprakash has worked out in nets alongside Cook with the pink ball.

Cook seemed frustrated as he further found middle part of his bat during the gruelling session when he faced off-spin bowling from former England all-rounder Collingwood with further saw Ramprakash firing in Yorkers.

Having the quality experience on his back, Cook, who is also the all-time leading run-scorer in Test fold, further found Collingwood’s off-spin bowling asked a lot of question, as the latter tried to replicate Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who finished the first match with five wickets.

Alastair Cook, Adelaide, Pink ball Net Session, Working Hard, England, Mark Ramprakash, Paul Collingwood
Cook was rusty in the Ashes opener. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Following the throwdowns, Cook further focused on his fielding drill.

Cook, who was in prolific form in the recent past, would be trying to revive 2010-11 Ashes form again while featuring in the ongoing Down Under series on Australian soil where he subsequently faced the wrath of Australian bowlers in the traditional series opener at Gabba.

Alastair Cook, Adelaide, Pink ball Net Session, Working Hard, England, Mark Ramprakash, Paul Collingwood
Cook smashed 31 hundreds and 55 fifties while donning the white jersey. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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After being tested with short-pitched deliveries in Brisbane, the hour-long net session revealed Cook further set a test for himself while facing the pink-ball.

Interestingly, the reports suggested the left-handed Cook kept his training session secret, in order to sweat out while donning the cricketing gears.

Alastair Cook, Adelaide, Pink ball Net Session, Working Hard, England, Mark Ramprakash, Paul Collingwood
Cook was dismissed by Mitchell Starc in the first innings followed by Josh Hazlewood in the second innings. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

As the Ashes campaign kicked off on November 23 at Gabba in Brisbane which saw hosts decimating Joe Root-led England by 10 wickets, as Australian openers chased down the target in 50 overs.

Australian openers smashed 173 in second innings which further saw the Three Lions shoulders dropped after being evenly poised in the game until day three.

However, the 32-year-old Cook struggled in the first innings which saw him scoring just two before being dismissed on seven by Hazlewood.

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The former skipper is one of the experienced campaigners in the English side and is expecting to give his best at the top.

In August, this year, in the pink-ball Test against Windies at Birmingham Cook smashed 243 off 407 balls.

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