Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cook Fails to Impress as Tykes Triumph in the Desert; CRICKET

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cook Fails to Impress as Tykes Triumph in the Desert; CRICKET

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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 before his attempt to dispatch a short ball from Jack Brooks went straight into the hands of Adil Rashid at midwicket at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

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 firstinnings 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. …

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