Under-fire England captain Alastair Cook says he is a better batsman now than when he first burst onto the Test scene in 2006.
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Cook has struggled for form in recent times and was axed as England one-day captain following a poor run with the bat.
However, Cook remains adamant that he is a much more complete batsman in 2015 than when he made a Test debut century back in 2006.
“I did have a look back and watch a little of me batting in those early days,” Cook is quoted as saying by The Sun.
“It was a bit weird, actually, and my batting has changed quite a lot.
“It’s evolutionary, isn’t it? If I tried to go back to exactly what I did back then, it would probably feel really unnatural.
“You keep searching for this and that in terms of trying to improve your batting and so things creep in.
“You get better at certain things and not so good at other things. But I definitely think my game has improved over the years, it is just different.”
Cook is without a century at Test level since May 2013 and has so far struggled in the West Indies, contributing just 11 and 13 in the first Test.
The 30-year-old re-hired Graham Gooch in an attempt to end his woes with the bat, but he has failed to make an impact so far despite notching up a century against a weak St Kitts XI in a warm-up match.
“It’s a very different role from being an individual coach to the team coach,” Cook said.
“I’ve been working with Goochie on a number of things, as you always do.
“You’re constantly trying to tinker with technique.”
Cook’s comments are mystifying due to the fact he is yet to reach a century in 33 Test and 28 one-day innings.
The second Test in Grenada begins on Tuesday, with England expected to make one change with Moeen Ali coming in for James Treadwell.