While I'm not as passionate about the man as someone who posts on this blog who is not me, he has been the star of this series. Unequivocally.
He's become the first Englishman to ever do this; the third best that; he's been compared to, whisper it, Bradman, and; Jesus Christ, the stamina of the lad (take a deep breath ladies).
He's become a bit of a hero.
Before this series kicked off I thought England's uncharacteristic confidence gave them the edge. Well the edge, the corners and the sides, over an Australia more scrambled eggs than omelette.
“We're aware it's a tough assignment going to Australia and winning, very tough, but we're in a good place to do it. We're quietly confident we can do it without being over-the-top arrogant.”
Those were Andrew Strauss's words at the time, and he's certainly come good on them.
It's amazing how far a little confidence and faith in yourself can get you. Ability and talent as well, of course, but you arguably can't have one without the other.
Scariest part about all this for me is that Cook's only 26, and only just 26. He could be trouble for us for a long time to come. Worse, he could even define our trouble for a long time to come.
In summary, the most dominating tour of Australia by someone called Cook since 1788.
I just hope the impact won't be as permanent.
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- February (2)