Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cook Is Staying Clear of Twitter

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cook Is Staying Clear of Twitter

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ALASTAIR Cook is the leading man in England's new era of 'connection' with their public - yet he remains consciously disengaged by the world of social media.

Twitter and Facebook may be part of England's collective charm offensive, as they try to put their winter of Ashes discontent behind them.

But they are a personal choice too -and Cook is tempted by neither.

The England captain emphasised once again, on the eve of the fivematch Royal London one-day international series against Sri Lanka, he is determined to be his own man and lead the national team his way.

Cook has been animalised from afar - one high-profile Twitter critic referred to him as a "weasel", after Kevin Pietersen's post-Ashes axing by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

But another four-legged depiction stuck in his mind. Former England captain Michael Atherton, turned pundit, appeared less than convinced back in 2011 of the new man's suitability to the job in 50-over cricket. …

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