Cook second only to Don, says McCullum

ENGLAND’S most prolific century maker Alastair Cook is the second best batsman cricket has ever seen, according to New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum.

The Essex left-hander has hit 24 tons in Test cricket, including a superb 116 to rescue a draw against the Kiwis in Dunedin last week.

And, ahead of the second Test, which began last night in Wellington, McCullum said he considers Australian legend Donald Bradman the only player more talented than England captain Cook to ever left the willow.

“Where he is at in his career at the moment, he’s as good as anyone who has played the game – probably barring Bradman,” said McCullum. “He’s a genius batsman and his record’s testament to that.”

Cook, however, was keen to play down the hype, saying: “It’s very nice of him to say that. But I’m not sure where he’s got that from.”