England Cook up a stormTHE Aussies were really desperate for Alastair Cook to fuck up. They’re still too scared of what Kevin Pietersen can do to wind him up, but Cook was the only other England player with potential question marks over his head heading into this series.

Well last week he spanked 111 not out against South Australia in England’s penultimate preparation match.

“I’d never been under the pressure I was last summer because I’d never had a trough like that,” said the Essex left-hander.

But when you have a top score of 20-odd in four Test matches, you certainly do feel under pressure. Knowing I can play like that with my back against the wall has given me a lot of confidence.”

This preparation lark just keeps getting better and better.