ALASTAIR Cook says he will do things his way as he takes on the biggest job of his life today England Test captain.
Cook’s challenges are many as they bid to win a series in India for the first time in almost 30 years.
“I’m just going to try to do the best job I can, for however long I’m lucky enough to do it,” he said.
“You can’t change who you are, the type of bloke you are, and you’ve got to be authentic to who you are.”
I’m a bit excited about what’s going to happen, and a little bit nervous, but the overwhelming emotion is that I am very proud to be leading England,” said the 27-year=old.
Cook knows he has to lead from the front which means trying to ensure big totals, in a taxing and alien environment, but also take 20 wickets as things get underway in Ahemedabad this morning.
Then there is the handling of Kevin Pietersen, very much a key figure if England are to get anywhere close to a successful series.
Chris Gayle became the first person in Test history to hit a six off the opening ball of a Test match when he cleared the boundary against Bangladesh in Dhaka in the First Test.
He made only 24 before Shiv Chanderpaul, 203no, and Danesh Ramdin, 126no, put on 306 for the fifth wicket in their 527-4 dec. Bangladesh were 164-3.
South Africa closed on 166-5 in the drawn First Test in Brisbane against with Australia who had declared on 565-5 a lead of 115.
Michael Clarke was unbeaten on 259 and Mike Hussey made 100, the pair putting on 328 for the fifth wicket. Opener Ed Cowan earlier made 136.