Few international cricketers can boast a bowling average of 7 but that is one of Sir Alastair Cook’s many impressive stats.
The Chef’s production with the bat is unrivalled in English cricket, having scored more runs and hit more centuries than anyone else to have pulled on the Three Lions, but with the ball, his exploits are reduced to just the one wicket – Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma.
In the first Test of the 2014 series at Trent Bridge, with the game looking destined for a draw and India’s tail having stuck around a little too long, Cooky brought himself on to bowl.
Doing his best Bob Willis impression, the former England skipper sent one down the leg side and Sharma managed to tickle it through to Matt Prior to take the catch.
A Test wicket is certainly nothing to be sniffed at, particularly as Cooky only bowled three overs in his 161 Test appearances – another English record.
Speaking on the latest episode of The Shackles Are Off podcast, the Chef discussed that wicket and delivered a tongue-in-cheek assessment of his exploits with the ball.
He said: “I nicked him off. I nicked him off, caught behind. I don’t know what anyone was worried about.
“All I do know is. I’ve got a Test average of 7 as a bowler and I did it on a flat wicket, with an old ball, doing impressions and I got a wicket.
“Imagine if I got the new ball on a green seamer and I took it seriously what I would have achieved.”