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Gooch delighted at Cook's performance

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London, Mar 2 (UNI) Former captain and now Essex coach Graham Gooch has expressed delight on his ward Alastair Cook's performance in the first Test against India and said the new England opener has shown ''just a glimpse'' of what he is capable of at international level.

Cook, who was called in to the squad after a few top players left for home due to injury or personal reasons, made a flawless 60 on his Test debut in Nagpur on the top of the other before Paul Collingwood held the England first innings together.

''He wasn't ruffled by the situation. I thought he handled it well, especially the Indian spinners. He played like I expected him to,'' Gooch told BBC Test Match Special.

''He's got a lot of self-belief, he's very mature for his age, he's got a good temperament which will stand him in good stead for his career,'' he added.

Cook has been a regular part of the Essex side for the last two years and was named English cricket's young player of the year last season. He scored 214 against Australia in a two-day tour game before the final Ashes Test last year.

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