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Sir Alastair Cook

What’s everyone’s thought on this knighthood?

Cook finished a very good international career where he ended up the leading English test run scorer and broke in the to prestigious 10k club. Cook was probably a level below world class and it was his longevity in the game which bought him success.

Still is this enough for a knighthood?

He was a average captain and was a poor one day and T20 player.

Other than playing career what other contributors were there? I remember Ian Botham getting his due to the excellent charity work to go along with his cricket career and personality.

posted on 6/1/19

I do support England, but I want us to be world beaters. I always think we have the talent to be world beaters, but we set our expectations too low. We give our players everything too early.

For example, Andy Murray became world number in tennis and was knighted straight away. Whilst a fantastic player, if you get knighted after only a few weeks of being world number 1, it is too early.

We should want to be number 1 and stay there, not just content to be ‘one of the best’. This is my opinion.

posted on 6/1/19

comment by JustTrue - (Ronnie wins his 7th UK Snooker Ti... (U13155)
posted 40 seconds ago
He doesn’t compare because he had a lower average, he wasn’t as feared, he never dominated or changed as many games as them, his technique seemed to falter against top class bowlers a lot more than the others. These are just my opinions. You can have different ones by all means.

But I can assure you many, many people will agree with my opinion that he is just below the greats.

This doesn’t mean I don’t rate him or attacking him, no need to get your knickers in a twist there. You asked why I didn’t feel he should be knighted and I gave an answer. Simple as that.

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knickers in a twist? is that what you say when you find someone who has a different opinion to you?

Don't worry about me mate, I'll gladly fight my corner.

You can point to his lower average, but I can point to his test runs scored and test hundreds. Like i said, we have a difference of opinion. Can say he was easily feared, anyone with that longevity and mental toughness is always going to be feared.

And I suppose, like I said, you don't quite understand why they award knighthoods.

Notable contributions to a particular field:-

- 12k test runs
- 33 centuries
- most runs by an opening batsmen
-most runs by an overseas player in asia

and a few more that I can't be bothered to type.



posted on 6/1/19

I agree that sportsmen should be long retired before being awarded the honour.

posted on 6/1/19

Quantity, not quality stats again

posted on 6/1/19

comment by Bennyville (U8058)
posted 26 seconds ago
I agree that sportsmen should be long retired before being awarded the honour.
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but you said he knighthood is deserved?

posted on 6/1/19

comment by (U19770)
posted 45 seconds ago
comment by Bennyville (U8058)
posted 26 seconds ago
I agree that sportsmen should be long retired before being awarded the honour.
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but you said he knighthood is deserved?
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For the criteria given yes, he does deserve it, but for any sportsman or woman (not just Cook) I'd rather they not hand them out straight away, or at least just after they retire.

Hope that clears that up for you

posted on 6/1/19

Anyway, I don’t want to bicker about it, I’m giving my opinion. You have given yours. Scoring as many runs as he had for that long is a great achievement, so we are in agreement there.

posted on 6/1/19

Yeah agreed mate

posted on 6/1/19

comment by Bennyville (U8058)
posted 8 seconds ago
comment by (U19770)
posted 45 seconds ago
comment by Bennyville (U8058)
posted 26 seconds ago
I agree that sportsmen should be long retired before being awarded the honour.
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but you said he knighthood is deserved?
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For the criteria given yes, he does deserve it, but for any sportsman or woman (not just Cook) I'd rather they not hand them out straight away, or at least just after they retire.

Hope that clears that up for you
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No deserved then but would have been if he got it in say 20 years time.
I have no real issue with him getting one but not now. Way too soon.

posted on 6/1/19

*not deserved*

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