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Dominic Cork

DOB: 07.08.1971
County: Derbyshire

Debut v West Indies at Lord's, 2nd Test, 1995

Right arm fast medium bowler, right hand batsman

Dominic Cork enjoys playing at Lord's, and with good reason as it is invariably the place he gets a recall.

Cork's swing bowling regularly finds friendly conditions at the home of cricket, and 2002 alone has brought two recalls for Tests at the home of cricket.

At the start of the summer against Sri Lanka he took more wickets than any other England bowler in a disappointing draw.

But he was passed over in favour of Alex Tudor for the following two matches until injury to the Surrey paceman brought another Lord's call for the Derbyshire captain.

Cork was an instant hit when he made his Test debut at the venue in 1995.

The 24-year-old took seven for 43 to send West Indies plunging to defeat by 72 runs, and then took a hat-trick, as well as a first innings half century, in the third Test at Old Trafford.

However, public pressure and his own personal expectations saw Cork struggle for form, looking to bowl fast rather than concentrating on swing.

Bogged down by personal problems, Cork was left out of the touring party to the West Indies in 1997/98, and was generally unimpressive against South Africa in 1998.

His return to the England side for the second Test against West Indies in 2000, when he hit the winning runs for a tension-filled two-wicket victory at Lord's, was a typical Cork arrival.

But he found himself dropped again when injury slowed his pace and he found movement elusive against Australia in the 2001 Ashes series.


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