Men in the hot seat: Misbah vs. Cook


As excitement builds up for the forthcoming three test series between Pakistan and England in UAE, the teams will be busy with their final selections.
Let’s take a look at the Captains of each country, comparing and contrasting their statistics as individuals and as leaders.
Misbah ul Haq
Age 41 years
Middle order Right hand batsman
Captain for 5 years
Total Tests played: 58
Runs: 4000
Highest score: 161
Average: 48.2
100s: 8
50s: 29

Record as Pakistan Captain
Tests: 39
Wins: 18
Losses: 11
Draws: 10

Alastair Cook
Age 30 years
Opener, Left handed
Captain for 3 years
Total Tests played: 119
Runs: 9330
Highest score: 294
Average: 46.4
100s: 27
50s: 44

Record as England Captain
Tests: 38
Wins: 18
Losses: 11
Draws: 9

Alastair Cook stands out as a world class batsman, but has played twice as many Tests as Misbah. Alastair’s total of 9330 runs and 27 centuries are outstanding.
However Misbah has a higher average at 48.2, compared with Alastair’s 46.4.
What is surprisingly similar is that both have an almost identical record leading their teams with 18 Test wins and 11 losses. Both men have cool temperaments and are able to manage hot headed team mates and pacify the media.
The last time these teams met in UAE in 2012, Pakistan whitewashed England 3-0. I suspect this series will be a much closer affair.
When the coin is thrown up at the toss, spare a thought for these two likeable men, the weight of their nations will be upon their shoulders.
1st Test, Abu Dhabi, October 13-17.