Alastair Cook said he has no intention to hand over his English captaincy until someone asks him to quit.
After losing the second test at Headingly, England had recorded their first ever series defeat at home against Sri Lanka. Despite putting Cook under a lot of pressure, he did not want to make that defeat a big deal and resign from his current position. At the post match press conference, he confirmed that he will still continue as captain of the team unless the England Cricket Board ask him to step down.
“Until that moment somebody tells me they don’t want me to be captain, I’ll still be there,” he said.
Under Cook’s captaincy, England have been winless in their last eight tests, losing six of them. This is their worst performance since 1996-97. Cook’s own performance is also a big concern as he averaged only 25.04 runs in that period.
Cook said he understood the situation and showed concern about his recent batting form.
“When you are not batting well, you start to look at a few things technically. I’m sure there’s something not quite right there I can work on,” he said.
One week before, Aussie legend Shane Warne criticized Cook’s ability as captain and suggested Kevin Pietersen over him as England’s new leader.
England’s next mission will be against India on their home ground, which will start on July 9 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. – Md Zahin
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