CRICKETER Dominic Cork says he is ice cool about the way he was booted off a TV skating contest in a controversial twist.
The Hampshire and England ace fell victim to the ‘ice pick’ on Sunday night when fellow contestants were asked to choose whether he or competitor Jeff Brazier should leave ITV1’s Dancing on Ice.
The move sparked anger from some viewers who were used to the judges having the final say on who out of the bottom two survived after a ‘skate-off’.
But Dominic, 39, said he had no hard feelings about the decision, which resulted in his exit from the show after three weeks of skating.
‘The show was an amazing experience,’ he said.
‘And the ice pick – well for me I think it was good entertainment.
‘It was hard for the others to make a decision and you have to go by your heart. By being in the skate-off we had the easier option.
‘Jeff was a stronger skater than I was at that moment.
‘But I look at it as I was holding on to the boards when I first started and I didn’t think in a million years that I would be skating like that.’
Dominic, known affectionately as Corky, scored only 11 out of a possible 30 points awarded by judges on his last show.
His performance was blasted by outspoken judge Jason Gardiner, who said: ‘The thing I like best about your performance is when it’s over.’
After leaving the show he praised skating partner Alexandra Schauman.
He said: ‘Alexandra was a perfect dance partner for me.
‘She was really good with me and I will miss her massively.
‘I enjoyed the skating because during the training sessions there is a lot of discipline involved.
‘Being a cricketer, this is similar to what we have to do anyway and I enjoyed that.
‘I am always watching other people skate and critique them.
‘I will keep on watching and it was great to be on the show.’
Alexandra paid tribute to her dance partner and said she would miss him.
She added: ‘I am gutted we are off the show.
‘I had a blast with Dominic and I have had an amazing experience.
‘I have enjoyed it from day one and I was thrilled to be his partner.’
Now 10 contestants remain to be crowned the winner of Dancing on Ice.
Last season Dominic stood in as skipper for Hampshire Cricket Club, in the absence of injured Dimi Mascarenhas, leading the county to their maiden Friends Provident t20 title.
He signed a contract to keep him at the Rose Bowl until the end of the 2011 season.