If we were to ask, ‘who has been your favourite England Test opener since Andrew Strauss retired?’ the answer is obvious. If you say anyone other than Alastair Cook, you are either (a) a contrarian hipster (b) not an England supporter or (c) mental.
That’s an easy one. A far more interesting question is who was your favourite opening partner for Alastair Cook after Andrew Strauss retired, because here we have a veritable smorgasbord of very similar options.
- Maybe you’re a Nick Compton man
- Maybe you admired Alex Hales’ flakiness and emotional fragility
- Maybe you’re all in for Haseeb Hameed
- Maybe you can distinguish between Adam Lyth and Sam Robson
- Maybe you were paying attention that time Ben Duckett opened and actually remember that
- Maybe you want to stick with Mark Stoneman
- Maybe you enjoyed one of Keaton Jennings’ stints
There were a bunch of others too. All-in-all, none of them were much good, which makes this a very challenging question to answer.
Who was YOUR favourite ineffective opening partner for Alastair Cook?