Craig Cook dropped from Team GB for Speedway World Cup

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Edinburgh Monarchs ace Craig Cook has been dropped from Alun Rossiter’s Team GB Speedway World Cup plans, with the gaffer admitting: “I don’t think Craig really wanted it.”

Cook had been named as first reserve for the competition at King’s Lynn this weekend, but the Whitehaven-born rider expressed surprise that he wasn’t selected for the team proper after revealing Rossiter “pretty much begged me to ride”.

Cook was still due to travel with the squad for the clash against Italy, Australia, and the USA, but has been replaced by Richie Worrall.

Rossiter said: “Craig seemed really keen but I don’t think he was overly happy at being reserve. It’s not good for him but I have to do what’s right for the team. He won’t like it, but I’ve got people champing at the bit to be in that team. It’s quite sad because I really wanted Craig in the squad.”

Rossiter’s decision may surprise some people after Cook was the wild card entrant for the British Grand Prix in Cardiff a fortnight ago. But after he scored just two points, Rossiter didn’t think he was ready for the World Team Cup.