Graham Gooch insists England are lucky to have Alastair Cook as Test captain

Last Updated: 10/12/12 9:49pm

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Graham Gooch believes Alastair Cook is the right man to ensure England complete a rare Test series victory in India.

Captain Cook has led from the front throughout the series, scoring hundreds in three consecutive Tests to become England's all-time leading century maker with 23.

The opener's superb 190 in Kolkata set up a seven-wicket victory which earned his side a 2-1 lead in the series, and batting coach Gooch predicts he will inspire England to finish the job in the final clash in Nagpur.

"There'll be highs and lows along the way, but he'll take them equally and move forward. English cricket is lucky to have a player like him at the head of its national team."
Graham Gooch

"To estimate that someone will have the sort of record and status he has in the game at the age of 27 - 28 on Christmas day - is difficult to gauge," said Gooch.

"But he's always been an impressive young man, mature beyond his years.

"From the time he scored his first Test hundred, from the time he first came into the Essex professional set-up, he has been very mature about his cricket.

"He works hard at his game. We've spent hours and hours in the nets over a long period of time - and credit to him, he's the one who deserves to take the plaudits.

"He's worked hard at all types of his technique against spin, pace and swing bowling. He's had some low moments - as you do as a player - but now he's reaping the rewards for that hard work."

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On Cook's abilities as captain, Gooch added: "He's had a good start. He's led this team really well. He's still learning as a captain, and he'll continue to develop.

"There'll be highs and lows along the way, but he'll take them equally and move forward. English cricket is lucky to have a player like him at the head of its national team.

"He knows exactly what he wants and he knows how to go about it. He works very hard - and, generally, that's a winning combination."

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