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Alastair Cook holds batting masterclass at the County Ground

AlastairCookEngland Test and 50-over Captain Alastair Cook took some time out from his busy Ashes preparation schedule to hold a batting masterclass with young cricketers from Rolleston Cricket Club last week at the County Ground.

Cook, the youngest player in Test history to pass 7,000 runs, led a batting masterclass with 20 youngsters from the East Staffordshire-based club, teaching them to perfect their straight drive technique, as part of Yorkshire Bank’s Giving Bat to You campaign, on Thursday, 4th July. 

Even during the intense build-up to this summer’s Ashes series, Cook enjoyed passing on his pearls of wisdom to budding young cricketers during his visit to Derby.

“It’s part and parcel of becoming an England cricketer, but this is one of the big pleasures for me,” he said. “I enjoy coaching youngsters because of how much enthusiasm they have for the game.

“It’s quite weird to say this without sounding arrogant but it’s inspiring the next generation. If I was an 11 or 12 year old at the time Graham Gooch was England captain and he had come to my local cricket club and I had the chance to have a net training session with him, I would have enjoyed that very much.

“I’m now that person and it’s quite strange you can have that effect on kids but hopefully they enjoyed it.”

Director of Partnerships Ryan Duckett said: “The young cricketers from Rolleston Cricket Club were thrilled to meet and take tips from one of England’s greatest players, especially so close to the eagerly-awaited Investec Ashes series.

“The coaching session gave local children the great opportunity to enhance Cricket Derbyshire’s work with our community clubs and help young players develop their skills.”

Alastair Cook is an ambassador for Yorkshire Bank, who are giving away 150 Gray-Nicolls cricket bats throughout the Yorkshire Bank 40 season via their Giving Bat to You campaign at  www.facebook.com/YorkshireBankCricket.

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