England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day July 21, 2014

Cook reiterates he is no quitter

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'Not going to walk away from captaincy' - Cook

Alastair Cook, England's beleaguered captain, reiterated his desire to stay in the job after defeat to India at Lord's extended the team's winless run to 10 matches.

Cook's own run of poor form has coincided with England's downturn and he has not scored a century in more than a year but he received a sympathetic hand from the Lord's crowd as he said he would not be giving up the captaincy in order to lighten the burden. England trail 1-0 in the five-match series, with the third Test set to begin in Southampton on Sunday.

"It gets harder and harder the more we don't win and it all heaps on me at the end of the day," he said. "Until I get that tap on the shoulder saying 'We don't want you to be captain' I'm desperate to turn things around for England. If I'm not good enough at the end of the summer, then so be it. I'm trying my heart out to do this but I need to score runs and we need to start winning. I'm here as long as they want me.

"I've got an inner steel, which I've got to keep drawing on. First of all I've got to start scoring runs, a lot of things can change quickly from there. I hit the ball better here. I've got to back myself that a score will come. The recent past hasn't been kind to me but we have won games with me as captain and I've won a lot of one-day games as well. It's a team game, I'm fronting up and I hope the lads in the dressing room will as well."

Moores also offered Cook his supporting, describing him as "the right man" to lead England.

"He is not hiding," Moores said. "He knows he has been under pressure for a long time, in Australia and now. The first thing he is doing is starting to hit the ball better. He knows it is tough up here. Often under pressure he is at his best. He has said quite clearly he wants to carry on. He is up for the challenge. I think he is the right man for the job, I really do. It is a new team. We have to learn and improve quickly. We are getting match-winning moments and we are not taking them."

Cook credited India for outplaying his side, as they overcame losing the toss and slipping to 145 for 7 on the first day to record their first win in an overseas Test for more than three years. Despite a second Test hundred for Gary Ballance, which helped England earn a slim first-innings lead, and an encouraging stand between Joe Root and Moeen Ali to resurrect the second innings, they fell away dramatically on the final afternoon.

"It's definitely an issue of confidence and getting over the finish line," Cook said. "There's a group of players in there who are desperate to win for England. We haven't won for a long time and the longer that builds up it's going to take a serious performance from a couple of players to drag us over the line. We're not getting that at the moment. It will take a lot of determination to turn this around. The lads are hurting in the dressing room, we've got a few days off to go home and recover and then we'll come back to Southampton.

"A lot of the standout performances have been by the younger players, which is great the way they're handling Test cricket. The older guys aren't playing as well as their records suggest and that's hurting us. To win games of cricket we need at least nine or ten people playing really well. It's not happening for those guys at the moment, they've got to look at themselves. I've got to start scoring runs as well, that can only happen with a lot of hard work."

As well as the struggles of Cook and Prior, England's other senior players, Ian Bell, James Anderson and Stuart Broad, have failed to live up to their usual standards and Moores admitted it was something the selectors would have to look at.

"International cricket is about tough decisions," Moores said. "We will scrub ourselves down here and at selection tomorrow we will sit down and talk about what we think is the best England team to go forward. It is meant to be a tough environment and you are meant to look at things critically and decide if you have got the right combinations.

"We are at the end of a cycle, we have a lot of new players coming in and a lot of new players have done really well. Gary Ballance has had a fantastic Test. Joe Root's innings today was full of character. They are going to be part of the future.

"I knew it was going to be tough because the last time I came in we had lost some players. If you asked me if I thought it would be the senior players who were trying to find form and the younger players firing, I wouldn't have thought it would be that way round but it is what it is. This is a five-Test series."

Cook also gave what turned out to be premature backing to Matt Prior as "the best wicketkeeper-batsman in the country" after another difficult Test.

That loyalty proved to be in vain. Soon afterwards Prior chose to stand down for the rest of the summer because of his persistent Achilles trouble after assessing his performances with England's coaching and medical staff.

Prior made just 12 in England's second innings, as a post-lunch collapse of 5 for 25 sealed a seventh loss in the last nine Tests, following a performance with the gloves that saw him ship 36 byes. Prior was brought back into the side at the start of the summer after being dropped during the Ashes but has struggled with his fitness and managed just one fifty in four Tests.

"It's all up to Matt. He wants to carry on playing for England," Cook said before realisation dawned that he had lost his loyal deputy and go-to-man in the field. "He's got a serious amount of talent, he's been a fantastic player for England," Cook said. "It's all in the mind and he's desperate to keep on playing and wants to turn this around. He's got a place because at the moment I think he's the best wicketkeeper batsman in the country. He has to keep proving it but his record in the past suggests that.

"There were some tough takes there as well, Lord's has the ability to make a keeper look silly at some stage, so a lot of that wasn't his own fault, but he's a fighter and we want people like that in the dressing room."

Peter Moores, England's head coach, had been more cautious about the outcome. He suggested that Prior's injuries - he struggled with an Achilles problem before the Sri Lanka series and was doubtful with a tight thigh for the first India Test - may have hampered his keeping.

"The medics are going to have a look at him," Moores said. "I think he had a really tough first innings with the gloves. Credit to him, he dusted himself down and came back much stronger second innings. He has had his issues physically, we know that. We now have to assess that he is ready to go and do a good job for England."

This story was updated at 2115 BST after news that Matt Prior would miss the rest of the series because of Achilles toruble

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  • eggyroe on July 22, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    @surfatwork,The point I was making is that in my humble opinion Alistair Cook in his position of captain is tactically naive,and my comment about Dhoni was in agreement with a comment by Ian Chappell that wondered if Dhoni could change from a successful 1 Day Captain to a proactive Test Match Captain.Again in my humble opinion,I do not think in these 2 Test Matches he has achieved this albeit winning the latest match.Your comment about what Dhoni worked out with Ishant,was this the fruit of something that had taken 9 Days of Test Match Play to be worked out by the Captain,or was it a word in the ear of the Captain.With all the stick being flung around in Cook's direction,I think that Dhoni should not be exempt from some of it because of his the showing in the 2 Test Matches.After all everybody is entitled to have and express that opinion.

  • CaptainSensible on July 22, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    A successful team is one with a very good captain at the helm. (Warne being Ponting's captain, aside). As a lifelong Essex follower I admire Cook for his batting but having been at Lords for the entire test I saw a very, very poor captain. And unlike almost all other sports the Captain in a game of cricket makes hundreds of vital decisions every day on the field of play, each of which may affect the outcome, Cooks decisions are not natural at all. Captaincy is an instinctive art. Calling for KP is as pointless as calling for Freddie or Both. What we need is a young captain with a cricketing brain who can take cricketing risks on the field and be a solid performer. I would go with Ballance. Root or Broad and appoint one of the excellent County wicket keeper (captains) to assist -Foster, Read, Davies -paving the way for Buttler next year. We have to build for the future NOW, the first part has been done with the young batting guns doing well. Now the future captain must be decided upon.

  • landl47 on July 22, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    There's a lot of muddled thinking here. Cook's problems are real, but the young players who have come into the side have done well. There's no shortage of talent in England and players like Jordan, Woakes, Taylor, Vince, Buttler, Lees, Riley, Topley and several others are all fine prospects and all 25 or under.

    Even this Summer, although England has lost 2 and drawn 2 of the 4 tests played, they have actually had first innings lead in all 4 games.

    Cook is no worse as a captain than Ricky Ponting. The difference is Ponting had Hayden, Langer Martin, Clarke, Gilchrist and most importantly Warne and McGrath in his side. When they were gone, Ponting's record sank like a stone. This is a young England team and it's going to take a while for them to mature, but look at how well the young players are doing and you can see that they'll be a force in a couple of years.

    Whether Cook will be around to see it is another matter. If he doesn't get his batting sorted out, he won't.

  • on July 21, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    Sorry Venkat, but your statement "I am sure he is just one 50 away from regaining form. " is a little optimistic. Going on current form that will take him to the end of the current series to get a total of 50.

  • surfatwork on July 21, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    @eggyroe: I presume that your suggestion to replace Dhoni with a "better" captain is to ensure that England lose by a bigger margin? It hardly matters whether the Indian team is going to set anything on fire - the point is that they outplayed England, at home, on a pitch specially prepared to aid the English quicks. The English batting was comical and the bowling was woeful. A good captain marshals his resources and aligns their game to his plan for the match - as Dhoni is reported to have done with Ishant today. Either Cook didnt do that, or if he did, nobody listened to him, or if they did and played like they did, then they were given the wrong advice. Either way, the time is to reflect on what is wrong with England, rather than looking at what is wrong with India. If you remember, India won today.

  • on July 21, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    Since the winless tour to Australia "desperate" has been Mr. Cooks mantra. I'm sure Clark, Chappelli, Brearly and another other inspiring leader would never use such an ugly term. Shouldn't your mindset be Determined or the likes Mr. Cook? His egoist self image of a never say die attitude might satisfy his sickened mind but his selfish motivation precludes what's good for the nations supposed NEW era, surely it's starts with new leadership.

  • northumbriannomad on July 21, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    @Syed Wahiduzzaman - I wouldn't be too sure, I think to be on the safe side they should schedule Bhutan and Surinam, from the ICC League Division Eight.

    It's all very well this "I'm not a quitter" stuff but it would actually be more admirable if he accepted that things are not right and it's time to go. All the big decisions made in English cricket over the past 12 months have been disastrous and the climate is not right. He's certainly not getting the best out of his players, the Anderson fracas with Jadeja should not have happened and would not with a stronger captain. Unfortunately Moores, Whitaker and Downton, all of whom are equally useless corporate non-entities, are unlikely to resign en masse, but at least Cook would be a start. Eoin Morgan would bring the right determination, guts and imagination to the captaincy, and he can improve as a Test batsman.

  • whoster on July 21, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    Anyone who's watched England over the past 4-5 years knows what a terrific keeper/batsmen Prior has been, but it's time for him to go. For a start, he's blatantly not 100% fit, and selecting him for this game in the first place was stupid. As a batsman, he is constantly in trouble against the short ball - it's one thing to struggle against the pace of Johnson, quite another to be (twice) bounced-out by Sri Lankan seamers on docile pitches.

    There is only one argument for keeping Prior in the side - and that's what he's done in the past. The selectors may use the excuse that Jos Buttler's keeping isn't up to Test standard, but was Prior's when he was first selected? No, like Alec Stewart a generation earlier, he learnt on the job and turned himself into a fine keeper.

    Prior shouldn't even be considered for Southampton. Whether it be Buttler, or a more specialist gloveman such as Read or Davies, would any of them be more of a liability than Prior is at the moment?

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 21, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    @eggyroe, current Indian side is young and inexperienced team so we don't yet if it can challenge the world as of now. But I would say Indian side is far better than ENG after 2011. If you remember 2011 ENG beat poor, injured Indian side and jumped to No.1 ranking. Even when ENG came to India later India was over bit confident and played carelessly. Frankly ENG actually never deserved that No.1 and it is being proved after losing to SA, AUS, SL etc consecutiely.

  • stumpedlloyd on July 21, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    Sadly, I think us fans and commentators are the only one who are clamoring for change in this English side, from the leadership to the wicket-keeper to the need for some quality batsmen. I believe the selectors and Cook firmly believe one good performance down the road is all they need to silence the critics and everything will be tickety-boo. Cook backs Prior, Prior backs Cook, the selectors back Cook, Moores backs everyone. Never mind *both* Sri Lanka and India have shown up England in seam bowling! It might be time for English cricket not to build a team around Cook, Bell and Prior, but instead around Root and Ballance. Surely, there must be changes for the Rose Bowl, including Prior and Stokes (who is woefully out of form) getting axed for Foster/Buttler and Jordan. They should drop Cook, but they won't. Graeme Smith was 22 when he was named SA skipper. Perhaps England should name someone young. Or make a maverick move: Eoin Morgan. It couldn't any worse than what Cook's doing.

  • eggyroe on July 22, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    @surfatwork,The point I was making is that in my humble opinion Alistair Cook in his position of captain is tactically naive,and my comment about Dhoni was in agreement with a comment by Ian Chappell that wondered if Dhoni could change from a successful 1 Day Captain to a proactive Test Match Captain.Again in my humble opinion,I do not think in these 2 Test Matches he has achieved this albeit winning the latest match.Your comment about what Dhoni worked out with Ishant,was this the fruit of something that had taken 9 Days of Test Match Play to be worked out by the Captain,or was it a word in the ear of the Captain.With all the stick being flung around in Cook's direction,I think that Dhoni should not be exempt from some of it because of his the showing in the 2 Test Matches.After all everybody is entitled to have and express that opinion.

  • CaptainSensible on July 22, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    A successful team is one with a very good captain at the helm. (Warne being Ponting's captain, aside). As a lifelong Essex follower I admire Cook for his batting but having been at Lords for the entire test I saw a very, very poor captain. And unlike almost all other sports the Captain in a game of cricket makes hundreds of vital decisions every day on the field of play, each of which may affect the outcome, Cooks decisions are not natural at all. Captaincy is an instinctive art. Calling for KP is as pointless as calling for Freddie or Both. What we need is a young captain with a cricketing brain who can take cricketing risks on the field and be a solid performer. I would go with Ballance. Root or Broad and appoint one of the excellent County wicket keeper (captains) to assist -Foster, Read, Davies -paving the way for Buttler next year. We have to build for the future NOW, the first part has been done with the young batting guns doing well. Now the future captain must be decided upon.

  • landl47 on July 22, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    There's a lot of muddled thinking here. Cook's problems are real, but the young players who have come into the side have done well. There's no shortage of talent in England and players like Jordan, Woakes, Taylor, Vince, Buttler, Lees, Riley, Topley and several others are all fine prospects and all 25 or under.

    Even this Summer, although England has lost 2 and drawn 2 of the 4 tests played, they have actually had first innings lead in all 4 games.

    Cook is no worse as a captain than Ricky Ponting. The difference is Ponting had Hayden, Langer Martin, Clarke, Gilchrist and most importantly Warne and McGrath in his side. When they were gone, Ponting's record sank like a stone. This is a young England team and it's going to take a while for them to mature, but look at how well the young players are doing and you can see that they'll be a force in a couple of years.

    Whether Cook will be around to see it is another matter. If he doesn't get his batting sorted out, he won't.

  • on July 21, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    Sorry Venkat, but your statement "I am sure he is just one 50 away from regaining form. " is a little optimistic. Going on current form that will take him to the end of the current series to get a total of 50.

  • surfatwork on July 21, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    @eggyroe: I presume that your suggestion to replace Dhoni with a "better" captain is to ensure that England lose by a bigger margin? It hardly matters whether the Indian team is going to set anything on fire - the point is that they outplayed England, at home, on a pitch specially prepared to aid the English quicks. The English batting was comical and the bowling was woeful. A good captain marshals his resources and aligns their game to his plan for the match - as Dhoni is reported to have done with Ishant today. Either Cook didnt do that, or if he did, nobody listened to him, or if they did and played like they did, then they were given the wrong advice. Either way, the time is to reflect on what is wrong with England, rather than looking at what is wrong with India. If you remember, India won today.

  • on July 21, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    Since the winless tour to Australia "desperate" has been Mr. Cooks mantra. I'm sure Clark, Chappelli, Brearly and another other inspiring leader would never use such an ugly term. Shouldn't your mindset be Determined or the likes Mr. Cook? His egoist self image of a never say die attitude might satisfy his sickened mind but his selfish motivation precludes what's good for the nations supposed NEW era, surely it's starts with new leadership.

  • northumbriannomad on July 21, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    @Syed Wahiduzzaman - I wouldn't be too sure, I think to be on the safe side they should schedule Bhutan and Surinam, from the ICC League Division Eight.

    It's all very well this "I'm not a quitter" stuff but it would actually be more admirable if he accepted that things are not right and it's time to go. All the big decisions made in English cricket over the past 12 months have been disastrous and the climate is not right. He's certainly not getting the best out of his players, the Anderson fracas with Jadeja should not have happened and would not with a stronger captain. Unfortunately Moores, Whitaker and Downton, all of whom are equally useless corporate non-entities, are unlikely to resign en masse, but at least Cook would be a start. Eoin Morgan would bring the right determination, guts and imagination to the captaincy, and he can improve as a Test batsman.

  • whoster on July 21, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    Anyone who's watched England over the past 4-5 years knows what a terrific keeper/batsmen Prior has been, but it's time for him to go. For a start, he's blatantly not 100% fit, and selecting him for this game in the first place was stupid. As a batsman, he is constantly in trouble against the short ball - it's one thing to struggle against the pace of Johnson, quite another to be (twice) bounced-out by Sri Lankan seamers on docile pitches.

    There is only one argument for keeping Prior in the side - and that's what he's done in the past. The selectors may use the excuse that Jos Buttler's keeping isn't up to Test standard, but was Prior's when he was first selected? No, like Alec Stewart a generation earlier, he learnt on the job and turned himself into a fine keeper.

    Prior shouldn't even be considered for Southampton. Whether it be Buttler, or a more specialist gloveman such as Read or Davies, would any of them be more of a liability than Prior is at the moment?

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 21, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    @eggyroe, current Indian side is young and inexperienced team so we don't yet if it can challenge the world as of now. But I would say Indian side is far better than ENG after 2011. If you remember 2011 ENG beat poor, injured Indian side and jumped to No.1 ranking. Even when ENG came to India later India was over bit confident and played carelessly. Frankly ENG actually never deserved that No.1 and it is being proved after losing to SA, AUS, SL etc consecutiely.

  • stumpedlloyd on July 21, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    Sadly, I think us fans and commentators are the only one who are clamoring for change in this English side, from the leadership to the wicket-keeper to the need for some quality batsmen. I believe the selectors and Cook firmly believe one good performance down the road is all they need to silence the critics and everything will be tickety-boo. Cook backs Prior, Prior backs Cook, the selectors back Cook, Moores backs everyone. Never mind *both* Sri Lanka and India have shown up England in seam bowling! It might be time for English cricket not to build a team around Cook, Bell and Prior, but instead around Root and Ballance. Surely, there must be changes for the Rose Bowl, including Prior and Stokes (who is woefully out of form) getting axed for Foster/Buttler and Jordan. They should drop Cook, but they won't. Graeme Smith was 22 when he was named SA skipper. Perhaps England should name someone young. Or make a maverick move: Eoin Morgan. It couldn't any worse than what Cook's doing.

  • yogesh.gg on July 21, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    I like the way Cook is backing his players and seriously wish him all the best in coming matches. He is a fighter and there is no doubt about that but i am not sure about his judgements and indiscretions. I think his falling out with KP was big turning point and he should have patched up. I doubt over his captaincy skills but he is indeed a fighter who is betting on wrong horses. Ideally England should recall KP and make Joe Root captain. Yes Root is the man England should be looking to.

  • Tiptop32 on July 21, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    Without KP, England is a minnow. Cook and Eng team management has to shed their ego and re-instate KP. Or else I don't see England playing a quality game at all.

  • RandyOZ on July 21, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Some of the laughable team XI's being posted here just go to show how bad the county system is. Mother Hubbard's cupboard really is empty.

  • whirlaway on July 21, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    "Alastair Cook gives backing to Matt Prior".

    BOTH of them should be dropped for the next Test. Let Cook continue to back Prior in the county games this summer!

  • Gloryof96 on July 21, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    More this degenerating drama plays on, more it will guess worse and longer it will take for England to recover. Just like the 80's and 90's all over again!

    I just hope someone in the ECB has the guts to save Cook the batsman and appoint a new Captain ASAP, otherwise Cook will be lost for ever as well.

  • CandD-Ski on July 21, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    Radical change is needed now, not after the series - too late to start rebuilding for the Ashes. - Cook looks mentally shot and can't buy a run. He should be relieved of the pressures of captaincy and told to focus on his batting. - Prior is clearly well away from his best and carrying various niggles. We cannot have a kepper dropping so many catches. People will argue for Buttler who was not good enough to keep for Someret. Foster can fill the gap for a year or two while Buttler (hopefully) improves. Foster will get nearly as many runs as Buttler over a series and will drop nothing. - Our bowlers should have swept India aside on the first day. Broad and Anderson both bowled too short and too wide. Look how Kumar bowled. What was our bowling coach saying to them? Broad looks very jaded and has niggles. Rest Broad for the next Test and bring back Jordan. Rest Anderson for the 4th Test and bring back Broad. - Captaincy. Bell is out of form - let Foster do it as a stopgap.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 21, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    @myStraightTalk, may be you are right. Same thing happened for India when it went to ENG in 2011. India lost key plyers for different reasons and ENG took that advantage and won the series as Indians threw their wickets away. Yes you are right. I have been saying this since long time. ENG didn't deserve that series victoy.

  • on July 21, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    The easy option for cook is to walk away. I am in admiration of his tenacity. I don't watch English football because they are paid obscene amounts of money and it doesn't HURT them when they lose. Yes, I want England to win desperatley but I also recognise that this English team want to win more. Yes, today they threw there wickets away - but it visibly hurt them. I don't care what Shane Warne may think (he reminds me of the guy that gets botox from christmas with the cranks)- he's Austrailian and relishes when we are suffering. Stokes is a good bowler but he's out of form with the bat, we need him to average at least 30 - Jordan should be brought back in. I can see why prior keeps getting picked, he had a rough game - but he has the heart of a lion, which is what we need. At the end of the day, I would rather support a team of people who genuinely care about playing for the English TEAM than a bunch of pre-madonnas who play for themselves - like Pieterson, Buttler, Morgan.

  • lebigfella on July 21, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    Oh Dear... Cook is out of touch, Bell is struggling, Prior isn't fit, Stokes is out of his depth, Ali isn't our answer for spin, Robson was poor, Anderson & Broad really struggle when the chips are down... we don't ever seem to have a plan B, C & onwards. We have a dearth of obvious replacements... that is our real problem. Pietersen is NOT the answer if anyone thinks that... but we do need a strong, brave & innovative leader who is also a decent cricketer. This sadly is where we struggle. Not sure of the answer BUT our management must be bold and make three or more changes for the next test. OK a fairly insipid & uninspired post but sadly in context with our cricket

  • travesty on July 21, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    Carberry Compton Ali KP Morgan Butler Bopara Jordan Plunkett borthwick finn

  • Bagirathan on July 21, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    England should replace manager Moores, replace Cook from captaincy and give that role Eoin Morgan, replace Prior with Butler, and bring in a good spinner also bring in Chris Jordan for Stokes. This should be done before the next test.

  • tests_the_best on July 21, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    I can understand English fans/media going for Cook's head but from an Indian point of view, I feel Cook should certainly not take all of the blame. Main reason being that once you lose players like KP, Swann and Trott in one go (the first 2 being v. imp for batting and bowling), it's hard for any side to rebuild that fast.

    One can recall that Cook was given a lot of credit for the 2-1 win in India and he performed well with the bat as well but one of the most important things that ensured that result was that before that series, Cook managed to reintegrate Pietersen into the team. After Eng lost the first test, KP's heroics in Mumbai changed the series around. Not to mention the vital balance that Swann provided for the bowling. So Eng fans need to be patient. Once Aus greats retired or Indian big 3 retired/fell out of form, it took a period of sustained losses before the ship was turned around. Atleast youngsters are performing well for Eng, they will become a better side gradually.

  • on July 21, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    @eggyroe I Can See you crying inside .... you englishmen are really good at wiping off the dirt .... this indian side has a lot of fire power unlike your eng side ..... clearly MS Dhoni has shown signs of winning a series overseas in this test match .... he has learnt it the hard way though .... with star players like virat , gambhir are in due for runs ... I dont see any reprieve for England .... good luck for the rest of the series !!!

  • Puntav on July 21, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    Time for Moores to prove he is worthy of the job. Cook has to step down as captain and probably as opener. Difficult as to replacements but Carberry might be worth another go and perhaps even Compton who was dropped for batting like Robson is batting now. Prior should step down and Butler be given an opportunity. Root or Bell for captain. Time to let go of the old guard, we need to get ready for the Aussies next year and are not going to do it under Cook's leadership with this team.

  • on July 21, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    What else cook can say everyone backing each other in England team. Cook backing prior. He is backing cook. It is like a primary school. If ECB let it go like this god knows what will happen to england team. They find a new captain, anyone is better for the captancy when compared with cook, drop the prior and bring buttler. Give a another chance to bell. Good luck england.

  • eggyroe on July 21, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Let's be blunt about what is happening to the current England Captain,as an Englishman it hurts me to say,but alas Alisdair Cook has reached the end of the road as the Captain of England but not as a Test Match Opener.The replacement in my opinion should be Joe Root,there also appears to be a vacancy for a Wicket Keeper and a decent spinner,which I'm afraid is lacking now in the First X1.The new captain if there is to be one should stand his ground and demand that that the Team he takes on to the field is one that he is completely happy with.The Indian side which has just defeated a poor England side is hardly a side to set the world on fire,they also need a tactically astute captain to take the place of the one they already have.In my opinion Dhoni looks more out of his depth than Alistair Cook and he was the winning Test Match Captain.

  • on July 21, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    cook should resign immediately and his backing to prior will cost the team more..

  • pestonji on July 21, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Does it occur to Cook that he should voluntarily take a break. Same from Prior. Time to recharge your batteries. It speak very poorly for England's management that they do not recognize this. I have no problem with giving class players a second chance but these two are clearly tired physically and mentally. Change does a body and mind good.

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on July 21, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    In a way , I admire Cook's persistence. This reply "I am not going to walk away" echoes what MS Dhoni told the press after the whitewash in 2011. Hang on there, fight through the storm, you shall get over this. For someone who has 25 test centuries as an opener and playing in all conditions, the way he is treated, it is extremely sad. I think it is time for cook to stop thinking and reflect on his past performances, his series victories in Australia , Iconic one in India.I am sure he is just one 50 away from regaining form.

  • on July 21, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    England is desperate to win. A surefire way is to schedule Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Bring them on and it will cure Cook's drop in form in no time and boost the confidence level of the whole team. I am sure even Anderson will look like a Mitchel Johnson or Dennis Lillee.

  • Manxmuppet on July 21, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    If Cook seriously thinks that Prior is the best keeper/batsman in the country it shows how little he is reading the game. With his form at the moment Prior would be lucky to get in a second XI.

  • on July 21, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Cook unimaginative captaincy can be seen from the fact that Cook refused to have third man & India scored 20% of their runs through edges, cuts, push to third man. Also Anderson & Broad were simply too slow to bowl short. They looked tired & jaded.

  • incredibledepp on July 21, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    Cook needs to be removed now. He would have garnered public support with his honest and emotional speech today, but he is not at all the best man for the job. He lacks courage, and is remorseful. Its the best time to bring KP now. Its now or never.

  • y4yoga on July 21, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Frankly England Have the Best Bowling attack Compared TO India( Not Including Ashwin), But English Batsmen Find hard to survive with this kind of opposition attack, which means They'll severly the absence of KP, But they will hide it as they don't want to let go their decision failed. But as far as I see Cooks Place in the Team after This series will have serious questions as I see a minimum of 3-0 Defeat for England..... With Ashwin coming Instead of Binny in the coming series(True).. It will be much more difficult for English Batsmen.... Need some one in the middle such as Like Vijay.. and in the bowling department the need a player such as Brothwick to really challenge India.... But the fact is that they won't do

  • on July 21, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Cook is backing Prior, and Prior backed Cook and they sacked KP perhaps the ECB would have done better to sack those 2 and keep KP? I only know I am glad I realised that the ECB saw fans like me as nothing but cash cows and decided to vote with my wallet this season and not waste my money on tickets to test matches to watch these inept performances. We have been dire in the field, dire in batting (with a few exceptions) and completely out bowled by the Indian team unless the selectors make some drastic changes and pick a team that is prepared to fight and stops over coaching the ones they have to the point that they seem incapable of performing on the park I can easily see a whitewash being handed to us by India. And on the evidence of the 1st 2 matches they will deserve to do it.

  • on July 21, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Cook is the best captain England has got for now...lords test defeat is shameful for his team ...but dont forget the courage Indian team showed here....I think this test must be remembered for India finding new heroes in absolute seaming conditions and not for England's previous heroes' failures..

  • on July 21, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    Drop Cook from the captaincy...! Drop Robson for Compton, as Robson is a useless opening batsman. And drop Ian Bell as he is in miserable form and bring KP back and give him the captaincy and you will see Cook the great opening batsman again. Cook has not learnt the art of captaincy. He had better learn the tactics of former great Mike Brearley. England won in India not because of Cook's captaincy. It was KP,Trott.Bell,Monty, Swan along with Cook that brought the famous victory in India.That's history. There is no match winner in England side. Give Prior one last chance and think about about another wicket keeper who can make some runs in the middle.I think only KP can make a difference in English batting. If Cook won't give up captaincy then England will lose the series 3/1 or 3/0. None of the English bowlers are penetrative.... Stokes is another useless cricketer for sure.

  • SAF-Fan-no-1 on July 21, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Tell Cook, Prior and Stokes Pack your Bag and out from England Eleven. They are deserve to be Out of the Squad. Rubbish England.

  • on July 21, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    What`s about u Mr Cook? R u the best opening batsman in the country? n the best man to lead england?

  • on July 21, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Cook's captaincy gets worse and worse. Watching him at Trent Bridge and now at Lords - he is playing to the gallery. Not captaining the side. England need a dour Yorkshire captain, Andrew Gale, perhaps and a solid reliable wicket keeper, Chris Read and bring back Finn in place of Stokes. Give Broad a rest and replace him with Chris Jordan and James Taylor in place of Bell. I would like to see Adam Lyth open with Robson but I fear Yorkshire would complain so perhaps it will be Nick Compton. This team would win first time out.

    So there we have it: Robson, Lyth (Compton), Ballance, Taylor, Root, Ali, Read, (Wkt & Captain), Plunkett, Jordan, Anderson, Finn ... come on give them a try: they can do no worse! Come on England let's start WINNING, please.

  • SAF-Fan-no-1 on July 21, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    Tell Cook, Prior and Stokes Pack your Bag and out from England Eleven. They are deserve to be Out of the Squad. Rubbish England.

  • ENGLANDEXPECTS on July 21, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    How much more of this rubbish have England supporters got to take. England are heading in one direction in all forms of the game playing boring, defensive cricket. Picking weak players under a weak captain who keep failing time after time. Any one who has any positive or aggressive intent will not be in the team. Downton, Whitattaker, Moores, Cook should all be removed now, they are taking England cricket back to the dark days.

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 21, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    I think Cook is not the only culprit here. Prior has been in woeful form since the 5-0 Ashes whitewash and hasn't done much since then. I can also name Ian Bell to that list since he too hasn't put up any runs on the board. How can one person take responsibility for such a collective failure ? This win by India was a COMPLETE team effort. No one man can claim the accolades here even though Ishant bowled well to secure the victory. Cricket is a team game irrespective of the format. Individual brilliance or failure is an integral part of the wider scheme of things. So if England are trying to drop an individual, they might as well start by adding a few other names for the ride.

  • NixNixon on July 21, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    And to think that Prior was at one point in time praised to be a better keeper batsmen than AB de Villiers.

  • king_raj646 on July 21, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Agree it or not.. England lack the X-Factor, they doesn't have a match turning or winning player, keeping their ego's aside, they should bring KP back into the team. Until then they look an outdated cricket team. ECB please make some changes... otherwise My India is going to knock Out England in their own backyard. Want to see some interesting cricket between these teams and that can only happen with KP back into English side.

  • on July 21, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Cook is the one who needs backing at the moment

  • Bockee on July 21, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    I'm an Aussie fan and love nothing more than England losing but this is painful to watch, even for me...

    It is quite clear that a lot of the senior England players are mentally exhausted and in some cases physically spent as well. They are trying harder and harder but performing less while making the same mistakes. If this goes on any longer then some fine careers will burn out before their time and the 2015 Ashes will be another thrashing.

    Give yourselves a fresh start and a fighting chance at a decent test team. Rest Cook, Bell, Prior and Anderson for the next three tests only. Make sure they get away from the game and recover mentally and physically. Make Broad or Root acting captain and see how that goes, it can hardly be worse than the status quo. Bring in some fresh players - Buttler, Morgan, Bairstow and Onions for example. Pick next year's test team on form, not on some management-speak inspired 'vision'. And then give us Aussies a decent contest in 2015.

  • CricketChat on July 21, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    I think Moores is part of the problem himself. I don't think he is able to inspire his charges, especially, those players who went through the mess earlier with Moore and KP.

  • cloudmess on July 21, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    Everyone is focused on Cook, but no-one is focusing on the man who is slowly masterminding the same losing mentality in the England team as he did during his first stint in charge. Moores is so obviously not the man to lift an international dressing room (he gave an ominously vague response to such a question a couple of months ago). I'm also not surprised he's totally unable to understand that his senior players (or at least those still able to physically play test cricket) are burned out and knackered, and nor will he have any idea how to address the issue - in sharp contrast to the likes of Kirsten, Fleming or Lehmann. I don't see how creating a new England team dynamic which sees us losing at home to very moderate SL and Indian sides is leading us back towards re-claiming the Ashes in 12 months' time. It's a tough call, but Moores HAS TO GO NOW. If we don't want the Ashes back, then fair enough, keep him on and all the other ineffectual nice chaps in the England set-up.

  • myStraightTalk on July 21, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    There is no need to worry much for England. India under Dhoni is not a good test team. England can easily win the test series. Today india won since England gave up wicket easily not because Ishant bowled well. Man of the match to Ishant is a joke when he cannot take a single wicket in the first innings.

  • on July 21, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    Cook's not a good a captain - but the real problem is, they're not fielding even half a team of Test-worthy players. Looks a bit like a New Zealand line up, but with far less heart.

  • on July 21, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    Stokes should be the one who should may way..

  • neil99 on July 21, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    As a long standing and suffering England fan, I can't and won't accept failure after failure after failure. It's an outrage that players who constantly fail to perform are picked time and time again.

    Cook is destroying this team. With such a hectic schedule, there is no respite, no chance to recharge, no chance to go away and reassess. The damage is done and I can't see Us winning a single test in the remaining 3 with Cook at the helm. He needs to relinquish the captaincy to Foster or Read, that way we get rid of Prior too.

  • JonCross on July 21, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Cook, Bell, Prior and Broad should all be out until they show some form. Typical of English sports, teams picked on reputation rather than form. All of the above form failed to demonstrate their 'experience', Broad and prior in particular showed really poor attitudes to batting in both innnings. This game should have been one with sensible batting. The young players have done well so get some more in Lyth in Yorkshire has been playing well but I don't suppose we will see him. Comments from Moores like saying Prior is playing with an injury makes my blood boil, why the hell is he playing if he has an injury. This is a professional sport not an old boys club, until we get selectors who can identify inform talent ww will carry on with pathetic performances as we saw today, how can people play so badly and then get picked again and again!

  • bobmartin on July 21, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    The joke about this England side is how Cook and the selectors keep talking about having a core of experience in the team... Look at the stats guys... In the batting line-up at least.. it's the new boys who are coming up with the goods and the experienced ones who are failing miserably... Robson.. Ballance... Root ...and Ali have all scored well...... whereas Cook... Bell....and Prior have hardly made any significant contribution... Cook's captaincy continues to be at best medicocre... and as for Prior.. well one wonders how bad he has to be before his place in the side becomes untenable... If this is the future of English cricket.. heaven help us...

  • DirkL on July 21, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Nasser Hussain, Michael Vaughan, Andrew Strauss. I salute you. You lost tests to Graeme Smith's South Africans, faced up to reality, and resigned. Alastair Cook should do the same. He is young enough and talented enough to still contribute a lot with the bat, if allowed to concentrate on only that, but the double responsibility is killing him.

  • Harlequin. on July 21, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    To stick with Cook and Prior after the Ashes was understandable, you don't axe the senior guys after 1 bad series, no matter how appalling they looked. To stick with them after the Sri Lankan defeat was frustrating, but the loyalty was still slightly admirable, after all, Cook and Prior both seem like nice chaps.

    However to stick with them now, after they have chucked away two tests against an average test team (India are not bad, but neither are they world beaters) isn't admirable, it isn't loyalty, it is the same brain-dead stubbornness that saw 3 Englishmen fall to the same shot in the space of 10 balls.

  • wpbus13 on July 21, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    Obviously, these guys will want to stay on, it their careers you are talking about. It is up to the selectors to make the tough decisions!

  • on July 21, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    so the Old foe from Zimbabwe was right about tough before it get better cos now things are tough for England, very tough.

  • surajk123 on July 21, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    England is still playing the old game of cricket. Things have changed very very lot since the 1st ever test but England is still in that mode. Cook's post match interviews clearly shows that he is not a visionary leader, he is captain only because he has scored more runs. He is not able to motivate the team and his captaincy is very defensive at the best. He doesnt have the tactics or plans to come out of the sticky situations. A person who is not performing for the past one year can never lead a team successfully and he doesnt command respect from his team members. In the field he seems to be a lost person. England's selectors/administrators have ruined the team by leaving out Peterson. He is the best person to revive England's fortunes. He is the only batsamn in England who can instill fear in the opposition with his ruthless batting. Bring back peterson to save England.

  • on July 21, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    Beingindian Dear Cook, U have al the abilities to change the things around u. Work on ur strengths don't thnk of ur past losses. U r regid player once u starts goin u vl earn ur rhythms. I wish u a good luck to ur future.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 21, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    I like Cook , particularly the way he carried himself in India tour.Captaincy is probably hurting his batting more. Should get few more chances(probably the series) But Matt prior? i think he is well past his prime and if he is really the best wicketkeeper batsman in the country then its worrying sign.

  • on July 21, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    This is what is wrong with English cricket as you have these players in the team who shouldn't even be in the team, Prior's keeping is woeful at best and his batting isn't much better but you will continue to hear the same dribble from Cook , Broad etc that he is class and cause of what he did 4 years ago or so he should be in the team? Players like Read , Buttler would do a far better job than Prior! Then what about Cook himself and Bell who both have been utter rubbish for a year now. Bet you can bet that England will go through the entire series unchanged because the team is full of yes men.

  • on July 21, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    I'd love to see England win, but you've just got to accept that that won't happen for a while, or without some luck. Half the side are brand new and most have all played out of their skins. Ali's batting looks OK, if nothing spectacular, but his bowling showed signs of improvement. Ballance is looking increasingly solid in the #3 position (a position England struggle with, historically), Stokes impressed with his bowling if not his batting, Plunkett impressed with both, and Root looks like England's Messiah. Robson I just don't like the look of. I'd much prefer Lyth, but he's still doing better than Cook. All the seniors with the exception of the bowlers have failed. Bell, Cook and Prior. If you've got 3 of your batsmen hopelessly out of form then you will lose matches and there's not much you can do about it. Cook and Prior aren't going so it looks like England fans will just have to be fairly bloody-minded about these things for a while.

  • TheNick on July 21, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Cook is a honest man under immense pressure. Defeat on green top after winning the toss is difficult pill to swallow, the mindset of a team may get worse. Big task to forget this match and prepare for next one. He and other seniors need to perform...

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on July 21, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    The guys are hurting, I am determined, we want to win for England, his record shows it, we've won a lot in the past, he's the best in the country, I'll stay on till they don't need me anymore, he wants to carry on playing for England, blah blah blah. The selectors and management have to draw a line in the sand or continue to bury their heads in it. This team needs leadership on the field, not in the dressing room. They need form in the middle, not in the nets. They need performances now, not reminiscing about how great they once were. Matthew Prior is not the best wicketkeeper batsman in the country and nor is Cook the best captain or opening bat anymore. They should be building on some good form from new guys in the team, Plunkett, Ali, Root, Ballance and bringing in players in form. I think it is a huge disrespect to English fans to keep picking this team, a monumental disrespect to the fans.

  • on July 21, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Gower and Cook, Both: Made debut at 21 Are left handed Captained at 25 Led England to victory in India with same score line, 2-1 Led England to an Ashes victory and then lost them Suffered 5-0 defeats as leaders Gower lost captaincy (first time) after Lord's defeat v India, aged 29. Looks likely to happen to Cook too, and he's 29.

  • yogicoolboy on July 21, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Would like to see Cook taking a break for the third test

  • cricpanther on July 21, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    dont worry cook who is best at moment, you dont know best is sitting right in England somehwere...all new are best one...than prior....all other are best other than bell!!

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  • cricpanther on July 21, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    dont worry cook who is best at moment, you dont know best is sitting right in England somehwere...all new are best one...than prior....all other are best other than bell!!

  • yogicoolboy on July 21, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Would like to see Cook taking a break for the third test

  • on July 21, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Gower and Cook, Both: Made debut at 21 Are left handed Captained at 25 Led England to victory in India with same score line, 2-1 Led England to an Ashes victory and then lost them Suffered 5-0 defeats as leaders Gower lost captaincy (first time) after Lord's defeat v India, aged 29. Looks likely to happen to Cook too, and he's 29.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on July 21, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    The guys are hurting, I am determined, we want to win for England, his record shows it, we've won a lot in the past, he's the best in the country, I'll stay on till they don't need me anymore, he wants to carry on playing for England, blah blah blah. The selectors and management have to draw a line in the sand or continue to bury their heads in it. This team needs leadership on the field, not in the dressing room. They need form in the middle, not in the nets. They need performances now, not reminiscing about how great they once were. Matthew Prior is not the best wicketkeeper batsman in the country and nor is Cook the best captain or opening bat anymore. They should be building on some good form from new guys in the team, Plunkett, Ali, Root, Ballance and bringing in players in form. I think it is a huge disrespect to English fans to keep picking this team, a monumental disrespect to the fans.

  • TheNick on July 21, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Cook is a honest man under immense pressure. Defeat on green top after winning the toss is difficult pill to swallow, the mindset of a team may get worse. Big task to forget this match and prepare for next one. He and other seniors need to perform...

  • on July 21, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    I'd love to see England win, but you've just got to accept that that won't happen for a while, or without some luck. Half the side are brand new and most have all played out of their skins. Ali's batting looks OK, if nothing spectacular, but his bowling showed signs of improvement. Ballance is looking increasingly solid in the #3 position (a position England struggle with, historically), Stokes impressed with his bowling if not his batting, Plunkett impressed with both, and Root looks like England's Messiah. Robson I just don't like the look of. I'd much prefer Lyth, but he's still doing better than Cook. All the seniors with the exception of the bowlers have failed. Bell, Cook and Prior. If you've got 3 of your batsmen hopelessly out of form then you will lose matches and there's not much you can do about it. Cook and Prior aren't going so it looks like England fans will just have to be fairly bloody-minded about these things for a while.

  • on July 21, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    This is what is wrong with English cricket as you have these players in the team who shouldn't even be in the team, Prior's keeping is woeful at best and his batting isn't much better but you will continue to hear the same dribble from Cook , Broad etc that he is class and cause of what he did 4 years ago or so he should be in the team? Players like Read , Buttler would do a far better job than Prior! Then what about Cook himself and Bell who both have been utter rubbish for a year now. Bet you can bet that England will go through the entire series unchanged because the team is full of yes men.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 21, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    I like Cook , particularly the way he carried himself in India tour.Captaincy is probably hurting his batting more. Should get few more chances(probably the series) But Matt prior? i think he is well past his prime and if he is really the best wicketkeeper batsman in the country then its worrying sign.

  • on July 21, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    Beingindian Dear Cook, U have al the abilities to change the things around u. Work on ur strengths don't thnk of ur past losses. U r regid player once u starts goin u vl earn ur rhythms. I wish u a good luck to ur future.

  • surajk123 on July 21, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    England is still playing the old game of cricket. Things have changed very very lot since the 1st ever test but England is still in that mode. Cook's post match interviews clearly shows that he is not a visionary leader, he is captain only because he has scored more runs. He is not able to motivate the team and his captaincy is very defensive at the best. He doesnt have the tactics or plans to come out of the sticky situations. A person who is not performing for the past one year can never lead a team successfully and he doesnt command respect from his team members. In the field he seems to be a lost person. England's selectors/administrators have ruined the team by leaving out Peterson. He is the best person to revive England's fortunes. He is the only batsamn in England who can instill fear in the opposition with his ruthless batting. Bring back peterson to save England.