Former England skipper Alastair Cook had a hard time while clearing the much-talked-about Yo-Yo test. For the first instance, it appeared that Cook had been up for the challenge against pace spearhead James Anderson.
Yo-Yo test is a dreaded word for many Indian cricketers at the moment. While in the past, it was just a parameter to determine the fitness of a player. However, things have drastically changed now.
The Indian team-management has now made it mandatory for the players to clear it if they are to make it to the national team.
The much-touted Yo-Yo test has grabbed all the headlines for several reasons in the last few weeks. With several in-form players losing their spots in the team because of their failure to clear the test, there has been a huge debate over it.
Well, many feel the team-management was right to make it mandatory as it improves the fitness level of the player, in particular, many were against it.
The debate arose after as many as three top players – Ambati Rayudu, Sanju Samson and Mohammed Shami – lost their places in different teams for failing the test.
Well, it looks like the endurance test is making life difficult for English players too. And Alastair Cook’s condition after he completed the test pretty much proves it.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) posted a video showing Cook along with Anderson undergoing the test. And as soon as he completed the final sprint, he kneeled down on the ground with his head down.
The players and the support staff then patted his back as he recovered from the gruelling Yo-Yo test.
Here is a clip posted by ECB on their Instagram account:
Meanwhile, the much-awaited five-match Test series gets underway on August 1 in Birmingham.
India, having won nine of their last 10 series, are the favourites to win the series against the hosts who have failed to win any of their last three series.