|Wally Hammond OP|
Cook's average is around 50 per innings, Hammond's was nearer to 60 and the older man was certainly superior in catching -averaging over one catch per match - and bowling, taking 83 Test wickets at 37.80 each and 732 first-class wickets. With the ball, he wasn't quite Botham class but Hammond was one of the finest English all-rounders. Cook, despite his unassuming manner seems to be a great batsman - and perhaps one of the finest batsmen-captains?
Dave Allen (OP) is the Honorary Archivist for Hampshire Cricket
See, also, Sampad Sengupta's reports on the First and Second Tests between England and India.