More disappointment for Alastair Cook as Yorkshire hammer MCC by nine wickets in Abu Dhabi

Jack Brooks took 3-22
Jack Brooks took 3-22
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Alastair Cook fell cheaply in both innings as MCC lost inside three days to county champions Yorkshire in Abu Dhabi.

Cook, who made just three first time round, mustered five at his second attempt on Tuesday morning - before his attempt to dispatch a short ball from Jack Brooks went straight into the hands of Adil Rashid at midwicket.

The England Test captain will next week depart for his first international assignment of this Ashes year - to take on West Indies.

But he will do so on the back of two failures in his only two first-class innings since last season.

Without a major contribution from him - and despite 74 in the second innings from his fellow, and former England, opener Nick Compton - MCC went down by nine wickets.

They conceded a first-innings deficit of 151, and then managed only 220 all out next time as Brooks (three for 22) and Rashid (four for 72) took the bowling honours - England’s leg-spin call-up finishing with two wickets in two balls.

Alastair Cook failed again for the MCC against Yorkshire.

Alastair Cook failed again for the MCC against Yorkshire.

Yorkshire needed 20 overs under lights against the pink ball in the desert to knock off the 70 required.

First-innings centurion Adam Lyth, Cook’s prospective new Test opening partner after being named in the squad to take on the Windies, finished the match with successive boundaries off Adam Riley for an unbeaten 46.

The White Rose therefore started the new season with an emphatic win.

Cook caused a stir last week when he described England’s decision to replace him as their World Cup captain as “probably wrong”, in hindsight.

He continued his poor form in a one-day international series in Sri Lanka late last year, and England responded by dropping him in favour of Eoin Morgan.

They went on, however, to make an embarrassing early exit from the global tournament in Australia and New Zealand - beating only minnows Scotland and Afghanistan, and eliminated by a defeat against Bangladesh.

Cook agreed to play for MCC against Yorkshire at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in the traditional curtain-raiser for the new season.

But there was to be no return to form for England’s most prolific Test centurion - who is without an international hundred in any format since May 2013.