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

Three Tests to save Cook's captaincy

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'Not going to walk away from captaincy' - Cook

Alastair Cook admitted his position as captain will become "untenable" if he cannot arrest his slump in batting form within the next three Tests.

Cook, who described defeat to India in the second Investec Test at Lord's as among his "darkest experiences", conceded he has suffered moments of doubt over his ability as captain and, for the first time, gave an indication of the time-frame he was giving himself to turn it around.

England, under Cook's captaincy, have lost seven of their last nine Tests and have not won any of their last 10. Cook has failed to score a century in more than a year - 27 Test innings - and is averaging just 14.33 in 2014.

"I said I'd do it until my position becomes untenable," Cook said. "If I'm not scoring runs by the end of the series and we're losing more games it becomes tougher and tougher. Clearly I'm not the man to turn it around.

"Everyone has doubts. When things aren't going well, of course you have your doubts. When I was made England captain I said to my wife that I was going to give it my all. If it's not meant to be it's not meant to be, but I want to be proud of the way I have gone about it.

"I believe the team needs me to lead them through this tough time. But if it gets to the stage where I am not scoring runs by the end of the series my position is untenable. To quit now in the middle of the series would be wrong. I'm not quitting at the moment.

"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."

For the first time, Cook also had some veiled criticism for his players. Accepting that his bowlers had squandered helpful conditions on the first day and his batsmen decent batting conditions on the second.

"We've got to have lads who are prepared to front up," he said. "I'm fronting up. I hope the lads in the dressing room will as well.

"A captain is only as good as the players who play. I've captained well at certain times. I've captained well at Trent Bridge. Here it was a simple game plan and I don't think my captaincy was the reason we lost this game.

"India out-batted and out-bowled us. It was a good toss to win but we didn't put the ball in the areas we would have liked to have done. Then, with the pitch at its best, we didn't take that opportunity with the bat, either. There are no excuses.

"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."

Peter Moores, England's coach, 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."

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.

"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."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on July 24, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    England and Cook have their thought processes backwards if they believe any of this. The measure of Cook's captaincy is not in how many runs he makes, it is the team's demeanor and performance. It's not even necessarily about winning or losing, though given the relative strengths of Eng & Ind and the home advantage, Eng should be able to win this series. If he gets a score it won't repair an adrift, dysfunctional team culture. He needs to stop being captain now and focus on his batting to justify his place in the side.

  • on July 24, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    The English team lacks inspiration and innovation. Kevin Pietersen is not the captaincy answer but they need him in the side to score runs and challenge the status quo.

  • ArthursAshes on July 23, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    People can and no doubt will continue to complain about Cook whether it's his captaincy or form, but there is one reality that won't go away. The alternative captaincy cupboard for England is bare. There's no one in the current side that stands out as an alternative. Around the counties the best options are the retired Collingwood and Trescothick. Next would probably be the WK captains Foster and Read. Oh, Prior just stepped down and they go with Butler and not these old guard WK captains, so that more or less puts that one to rest.

    I think Cook is probably here to stay through what will be a difficult rebuilding and probably losing process until a new side fully emerges. That's what tends to happen to teams that are rebuilding with lots of new faces and chopping and changing, they lose more than win.

    I've yet to see one decent alternative name for captain who looks like he would make a real difference let alone whether he'd be good enough to hold down a position as player.

  • Surajrises on July 23, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    Cook needs to learn to let go off things. Shane Warne has time and again repeated the same thing that his style of Captaincy has become STALE. I believe Root should be given the Captaincy since he is young, fearless & has fresh ideas on the field but Cook just doesn't seem to be the one who can do things OUT OF THE BOX which is the need of the hour. Cook is a FANTASTIC Batsman therz no doubt about it but he is very very negative as a Captain. Yes the selectors have given him 3 matches to prove which will put more and immense pressure on his batting as well as Captaincy than what it was before the Lords Test and he really should come out and say I am stepping down as Captain at the end of this series. MSD got a long backing because of his Guru N Srinivasan and I still don't think he is a good Test Captain nor player but everyone can't be as lucky as MS! England's poor form as well has led to their downfall & not any extraordinary Captaincy from MS Dhoni! A lot to think for Cook!!!

  • JustIPL on July 23, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    English selectors should take it positively. If they will not rotate players now then when they will have a chance. No doubt they have a tough call as most of the players have a reason to be in English side. Almost, all of them have some latest performance and past records to guarantee their selection. Yes, they rotated a bit by including inform stokes but it did not work at the test level. As far as captain is concerned, a captain is as good as his team and cook lost few of them as a result of some internal differences. No team has been able to cope with such situations well and have suffered. All youngsters are not able to fill the boots and captains feel the brunt.

  • on July 23, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    i think cook is one of best player of the world cricket it is better to continue his captaincy for England team i think in the present time he is in underpass but i hope he will quickly recover his batting

  • JustIPL on July 23, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    It is just the matter of ego that England and India are persisting with their elevens. It is a fact that both of them are 4th and 5th ranked teams and there are reasons for that. One of them being the over rated and under performing players. I am sure failing players from both sides will not be able to recover and we, the fans will keep watching sub standard cricket. I don't know how long we have to enjoy tail ender fifties.

  • on July 23, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    Agreed that the Ashes rout & defeats agnst SL & India hv made Cook's captaincy jaded and it's also taking a tool on his batting. He's a far better player than what his figures for this year suggest. Its pretty much the same condition that MSD was in after the routs in England and Oz in 2011. And a loss to England at home made matters worse. But there was never a doubt over his ability both as a batsman, 'keeper or captain, which he showed by silencing his critics with the whitewash of Australia last year, followed by the CT triumph in England. I know there is no place for mediocrity in this cut throat competition world and that Cook is not in his elements this year, but I feel the management shud give him some more time to nurture this young side and get the best out of them

  • on July 22, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Can Cook do a semi-Prior? Not quitting the team; but quitting the captaincy! Just stepping down to be a batsman under some other captain.

    I would make Jimmy Anderson, the captain for the next three. Some fans posted that it will be too much of a burden for a pace bowler. They are forgetting, guys like Imran & Kapil handled captaincy with aplomb and success. In fact they were three-in-one: captains, fast bowlers, and damn good batsmen too. Inspirational to boot (It is only on that dimension, I am not so sure about Jimmy). I had doubts about his batting talents. But who am I to question the great men who chose him as the "Batsman Of the Match" after the first test! His MoM was really a BoM at Trent Bridge.

  • pom_don on July 22, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Well lets hope he doesn't make a few in the last test & hang on, he is just not the right captain for England, in fact he is not the right captain for any cricket team, let him have a break get back in to form & return as a batter. While I am at it Moores should go too, about as much use as a chocolate fireguard, let's face it to be chosen for a job & the best thing on your CV is you already made a hash of it before, I am sure we have better.

  • on July 24, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    England and Cook have their thought processes backwards if they believe any of this. The measure of Cook's captaincy is not in how many runs he makes, it is the team's demeanor and performance. It's not even necessarily about winning or losing, though given the relative strengths of Eng & Ind and the home advantage, Eng should be able to win this series. If he gets a score it won't repair an adrift, dysfunctional team culture. He needs to stop being captain now and focus on his batting to justify his place in the side.

  • on July 24, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    The English team lacks inspiration and innovation. Kevin Pietersen is not the captaincy answer but they need him in the side to score runs and challenge the status quo.

  • ArthursAshes on July 23, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    People can and no doubt will continue to complain about Cook whether it's his captaincy or form, but there is one reality that won't go away. The alternative captaincy cupboard for England is bare. There's no one in the current side that stands out as an alternative. Around the counties the best options are the retired Collingwood and Trescothick. Next would probably be the WK captains Foster and Read. Oh, Prior just stepped down and they go with Butler and not these old guard WK captains, so that more or less puts that one to rest.

    I think Cook is probably here to stay through what will be a difficult rebuilding and probably losing process until a new side fully emerges. That's what tends to happen to teams that are rebuilding with lots of new faces and chopping and changing, they lose more than win.

    I've yet to see one decent alternative name for captain who looks like he would make a real difference let alone whether he'd be good enough to hold down a position as player.

  • Surajrises on July 23, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    Cook needs to learn to let go off things. Shane Warne has time and again repeated the same thing that his style of Captaincy has become STALE. I believe Root should be given the Captaincy since he is young, fearless & has fresh ideas on the field but Cook just doesn't seem to be the one who can do things OUT OF THE BOX which is the need of the hour. Cook is a FANTASTIC Batsman therz no doubt about it but he is very very negative as a Captain. Yes the selectors have given him 3 matches to prove which will put more and immense pressure on his batting as well as Captaincy than what it was before the Lords Test and he really should come out and say I am stepping down as Captain at the end of this series. MSD got a long backing because of his Guru N Srinivasan and I still don't think he is a good Test Captain nor player but everyone can't be as lucky as MS! England's poor form as well has led to their downfall & not any extraordinary Captaincy from MS Dhoni! A lot to think for Cook!!!

  • JustIPL on July 23, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    English selectors should take it positively. If they will not rotate players now then when they will have a chance. No doubt they have a tough call as most of the players have a reason to be in English side. Almost, all of them have some latest performance and past records to guarantee their selection. Yes, they rotated a bit by including inform stokes but it did not work at the test level. As far as captain is concerned, a captain is as good as his team and cook lost few of them as a result of some internal differences. No team has been able to cope with such situations well and have suffered. All youngsters are not able to fill the boots and captains feel the brunt.

  • on July 23, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    i think cook is one of best player of the world cricket it is better to continue his captaincy for England team i think in the present time he is in underpass but i hope he will quickly recover his batting

  • JustIPL on July 23, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    It is just the matter of ego that England and India are persisting with their elevens. It is a fact that both of them are 4th and 5th ranked teams and there are reasons for that. One of them being the over rated and under performing players. I am sure failing players from both sides will not be able to recover and we, the fans will keep watching sub standard cricket. I don't know how long we have to enjoy tail ender fifties.

  • on July 23, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    Agreed that the Ashes rout & defeats agnst SL & India hv made Cook's captaincy jaded and it's also taking a tool on his batting. He's a far better player than what his figures for this year suggest. Its pretty much the same condition that MSD was in after the routs in England and Oz in 2011. And a loss to England at home made matters worse. But there was never a doubt over his ability both as a batsman, 'keeper or captain, which he showed by silencing his critics with the whitewash of Australia last year, followed by the CT triumph in England. I know there is no place for mediocrity in this cut throat competition world and that Cook is not in his elements this year, but I feel the management shud give him some more time to nurture this young side and get the best out of them

  • on July 22, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Can Cook do a semi-Prior? Not quitting the team; but quitting the captaincy! Just stepping down to be a batsman under some other captain.

    I would make Jimmy Anderson, the captain for the next three. Some fans posted that it will be too much of a burden for a pace bowler. They are forgetting, guys like Imran & Kapil handled captaincy with aplomb and success. In fact they were three-in-one: captains, fast bowlers, and damn good batsmen too. Inspirational to boot (It is only on that dimension, I am not so sure about Jimmy). I had doubts about his batting talents. But who am I to question the great men who chose him as the "Batsman Of the Match" after the first test! His MoM was really a BoM at Trent Bridge.

  • pom_don on July 22, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Well lets hope he doesn't make a few in the last test & hang on, he is just not the right captain for England, in fact he is not the right captain for any cricket team, let him have a break get back in to form & return as a batter. While I am at it Moores should go too, about as much use as a chocolate fireguard, let's face it to be chosen for a job & the best thing on your CV is you already made a hash of it before, I am sure we have better.

  • on July 22, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Go, go now, go now whilst England have a chance to build for 2015 Ashes..

  • Sultan2007 on July 22, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Cook's problem is not dissimilar to Dhoni's in that the senior batsmen on both sides have had a lean period - Pujara, Kohli and Dhoni have had a pretty lean trot. Remarkably, it is the Indian bowling that has made the difference when it mattered most. Cooks' challenge is how to regard Moeen Ali. The English are already bating heavy and they should consider playing Moeen as a batsman with a specialist spinnerin the side. Bring in Jordan for Stokes, even though I think despite his lean trot Ben Stokes is a far better batsman. India's problem is Binny since India dont bat deep and Dhoni himself is not a convincing Test No 6. But if Binny is not going to get a bowl, they may as well play Rohit or Gambhir with DHini at No 7

  • jimcoats on July 22, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    The England football manager presides over an early World Cup exit, with two defeats, no wins and last place in the group, keeps his job. England's Test cricket captain presides over seven out of nine defeats including two consecutive test series losses and can't buy a run into the bargain. Keeps his job. Wish I was a senior in an England sports set-up,

  • Gloryof96 on July 22, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Whatever the outcome, it wont be pretty for English cricket for the next couple of years, too much damage done. This trend is not only because Cook, make no mistake. Its about the ECB, coach and staff who have all contributed to where England is today. Much blame rests with Flower for not grooming future leaders, he took over a great team Fletcher built with Hussain and Flower only wanted to win at any cost and he is still pulling string behind the curtains.

  • on July 22, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    GTG = GOT TO GO, he is only staying put because the ECB are damned if they will admit that they made a mistake,he has to go, and Moores with him

  • rajmore on July 22, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    I have two words for you, England. K. P.

  • on July 22, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Cook is not a stroke player like Sachin lara or ponting. He is a defensive batsman like Atherton Hussain. English media has already named him as the best batsman in the world, they didn't highlighted KP who is a extraordinary batsman.

  • jimmyvida on July 22, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    My observation of Cook's captaincy and field placement was clearly noted. I said then that he cant set a field, he responds to field placement by following the ball. But he wants to be captain above everything. Does that sound like a good assessment still? Cook's remarks now seems to indicate that England's captaincy decision rests with him and him only.

  • pestonji on July 22, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Cook needs a break from cricket. Let him step down and fight for his place again. I think the rest will do him good. Give the openers spot to Michael cranberry.

  • B.R.K.R on July 22, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    it was not a terrible loss, they stood a good chance of winning till moeen got out and then root root after which they panicked, in my view only 2 changes - replace prior with buttler and stokes with any quality spinner

  • boredkumar on July 22, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    @ USA_Res on DRS. If host nations insist on DRS and BCCI refuses to tour on that account. Good luck trying to be a profitable organisation. Just to make my point the ICC already got restructured even when no one other than the big 3 wanted it. I m not saying BCCI's way is the right way just pointing out a flaw in your DRS argument.

    On cook, may be another game to him but giving him a rope as long as the series may be too much and too much damage may have been done. Adversity breeds innovation. No harm in root or morgan.

  • on July 22, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    While England could have won this test but for the astonishing awful shot selection by the middle order batsmen in the second innings, Cook needs to be removed as captain. It is his very poor captaincy which placed England in that poor position.

  • grant1976 on July 22, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    Cook should resign as captain. He is embarrassing himself. He can still be a great opener for England but captaincy is so poor.

    He makes wrong calls consistently and cannot control his bowlers.

    If you have a green top and your opening seamers bowl badly take them off after two overs... anyone with half a cricketing brain can see that.. you have a spinner bowl him.

    His field placing is appalling and negative.

    Tactics... bowl bouncers on a green top?!? Seriously its comical. Time to go please please please.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on July 22, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    I'll be surprised if England manage to turn this around. The sudden meltdown after lunch gives the impression of cluttered minds and a side in panic/ chaos.

  • on July 22, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    It would be in Cook's own interest to rest himself. If he does not there must be a risk he will be forced out, even if his batting picks up, because he is known to lack Captaincy skills.

    If he rested now, he could come back as a batsman only and just let the captaincy issue slip by (On comeback "I need to concentrate on my batting first, that is in the best interests of the team, which comes first").

    A "forced resignation" will be much more damaging to him, and England (and Moores).

  • Englishmanabroad on July 22, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Well, appealing though it may be, I don't see any point in discussing the return of Kevin Pieterson. We all know it is not going to happen.

    The MCC is every bit as stiff-necked and intractable as any other cricketing administration.

    Just as the ICC is unable to make DRS a standard requirement (because of the Indian Board), the MCC is totally unable to bend regarding KP.

    Meanwhile, regarding DRS, perhaps they should allow the decision to be made by the host nation. That way, anyone who doesn't like it could just stay away.

    Since every other cricketing country wants DRS, there would be no where for India to play. Also other nations would have the option whether they want to prioritize India as a destination for international cricket.

  • Englishmanabroad on July 22, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Many people have made a big deal out of Cooks comment "A captain is only as good as the players who play.", and any objective observer would have to admit that there is some truth to this.

    Ignoring "locker room pep talks",

    1. A captain only really has influence while his team is fielding. 2. He can tell the bowlers how he wants them to bowl, but that doesn't mean the bowlers can follow that instruction. 3. He has no control over whether catches are held (except of course his own) 4. When a batsman goes out to the middle, the Captain depends on them to do what is required, and control their instinctive urges. In other words, act like professionals.

    I hear commentors saying that India "planned" to bounce out the English tail. Well that plan can only be successful if the English tail "play along."

    I congratulate Sharma on his 7 wickets, but he should send some of the champagne over to the English locker room, for Prior, Stokes, Broad, et al.

  • Englishmanabroad on July 22, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    I hear lots of comments about how Cook should step down from the Captaincy, and I probably agree. I would still keep him in the lineup (at least for the rest of the series, batting lower down, mayby 3-4).

    What I don't hear are any suggestions about who should take on the mantle of Captain. Bell would be the obvious one, however, as pointed out below, he is in something of a slump himself.

    So I would be really interested in suggested replacements. (I don't get to keep in touch with the domestic cricket, so I don't really know the status of many but the international squad.)

  • on July 22, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    I think cook should step down from his captaincy because of his poor form.The selector should take a immediate replacement and bring back kp in the squad so that they can give fighting spirit with the indians.

  • Dinesh.sl on July 22, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    ECB should recall for KP...he is the most successful player against India...

  • RahulGandhi on July 22, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    I believe this series epitomises how a test series shouldn't be. Clearly contest of two very poor sides and all that matters is who is worse. Cook, Dhoni, Bell, Dhawan, Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny can be literally replaced by any random person. Broad, Kohli, Pujara are not playing even half of their abilities. And most surprisingly, even among the players who have performded.. Anderson, Ishant Sharma, Jadeja, it doesn't look convincing at all. It is more of noob's tennis game where you just cross the ball over the net and let other guy make error than some real intriguing test cricket. Bowlers unable to swing or seam ball on a green top and batsman unable to defend even the balls that don't swing, seam or spin.

  • on July 22, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    @The.Ghost.Of_K.P., the comparison with the Arthurs/Clarke reign is clear in my mind. Clarke is a better captain and leader yes, but we needed the hiring of Lehmann and Clarke stepping down as a selector for that to shine through.

    Whoever the English captain is also needs to take that step back and leave it to the selectors, but they need to take control on the field. Cook seems to have this the wrong way about, as did Clarke. In any case Cook does not seem strong enough to take that initiative, they need a KP like character to lead with some flair and imagination, with any luck it may also lead to the likes of Ballance and Root batting a little more fluently too, another thing which seems to be lacking.

  • Dafffid on July 22, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    His position is already untenable. Think of all the fine players England have discarded over the years for poor form that lasted half as long. Nobody wants to go back to the days of constant chop an change, but he would not be selected on his batting over the last year, so he's only being retained as captain - and it's clear his appointment as captain was a mistake, so why throw good matches after bad? What if he loses the next two tests, then wins a meaningless third and scores a big century - does he get to keep the job? And if so why? When did England become a self-selecting side, when the incumbents get to choose when to drop themselves? If Cook was as strong as he claims he'd do as Prior has, put his hand up and step down immediately. But it's not strength, it's sheer bloody-mindedness, and a refusal to accept blame.

  • The.Ghost.Of_K.P. on July 22, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    @Jono Makim, no comparison to Clarke at all, none, zero, nada, niente Ничего. Clarke was the one holding the team together by his sheer willpower, leadership, and genuinely clever captaincy. Ergo Clarke worked out what needed to be done. The weak man is the man who does not know his weaknesses.

  • on July 22, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    @Aby Prasad, fair enough, But India batted on a green pitch first up, England on a decidedly drier track. 9 times out of ten you'd have expected England to take a lead of 50+ as a minimum. That's why they sent India in to bat, after all.

    @Nutcutlet, I agree with all of that. Cook needs time away I reckon. He reckons he needs to work harder, but he has been saying that since the first loss in Brisbane. How hard can one work?

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on July 22, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    Cook is right England needs his batting and he is a good leader I mean what other options England have. KP? I don't think so. England need to start performing both with bat and the bowl 1st they lost to Australia 5-0 and now they are losing to sub continent teams. Srilanka, India now who is next Pakistan?

    I want to see England on the top again and for that Cook needs to perform and players like Bell, Broad and specially Anderson who used to be my favorite bowler.

  • yogicoolboy on July 22, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    Cook should take a break for sometime

  • on July 22, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    India won and yes as fans we are all thrilled. It goes to show that in cricket, any team can win anywhere if they really try hard,its stupid to judge anytime permanently. Don't get me wrong but if you have watched this match till the end, it was a boxing match between two evenly matched teams where both teams did NOT deliver the knockout punch till after lunch on the last day! If anything,I would like to remind everyone on how England had gone past India's score every other time from the first test!!Both the teams fought real hard too and again England had the edge each time till that fateful 2nd innings yesterday! I just dont understand then what the fuss is about! True England has problems, so do India. Given the context of who they are playing against, it isn't that judicious or intelligent to single out England for that collapse only right at the end!!!They were ahead and fighting till that 2nd innings.In cricket,you cant say any 'on-form' team would win the next match & viceversa

  • DaisonGarvasis on July 22, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    What Cook needs right now is REST. He says he is not affected but we all know he is. At this rate, I could see a Trott type incident coming up pretty soon...

  • on July 22, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    cook is a good batsman and he will return to form this series if he is relieved from captaincy stress and bring back kp as captain.

  • on July 22, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    cook is a very good batsman but relieve him from captaincy and bring back kp as a captain.

  • barrassd on July 22, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    It's simple! Get rid of Moores and Cook and brng back Petersen as captain

  • Nutcutlet on July 22, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    If there's one sentiment on which all England supporters (& a good many others) agree, it's feeling for AC. Of course, we call it as we see it, but that doesn't mean that we've suddenly become ice-eyed. Cook's pain is palpable. There's a group of players, his lieutenants, who need to stand tall at this time: Bell, Broad & Anderson. Although JA has taken wickets, he hasn't really fired. Notably, he misfired badly on Day 1 at Lord's when he should've had an early Christmas. Instead, he's got his spat with Jadeja hanging over him; it kinda shows. SB is not fit, but no one who matters seems to say it. Do the selectors, coaches, etc. think that we are stupid? We watch cricket because we understand the game & are keen & experienced observers. The way a player moves, his gestures, expressions, etc. all betray the inner state. Then Bell. What's eating him? He has the world against him. I suspect he's lost heart.They have failed, but the rookies do well. Let's have more of them. Immediately.

  • ullasjp on July 22, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    Guys what happened to Johny Bairstow?

  • ullasjp on July 22, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    Cook is the best batsmen England have got irrespective of conditions, so relieve him from captaincy & let him enjoy his batting. My team for 3rd test.. 1.Cook 2.Bell 3.Ballance 4.Root 5.Morgan(capt) 6.Stokes 7.Buttler(W) 8.spinner 9.Broad 10 plunket 11.Jimmy

  • DaisonGarvasis on July 22, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    On a personal note, I couldn't be happier to see Cook fail as Captain and as a player. It is KARMA striking back. When you guys decided to keep a genuine talent out for reasons OTHER THAN CRICKET, you lost a few fans, didn't you? If you cannot handle a genius it's your problem not his. Cook was the Captain when they got whitewashed in the Ashes, not KP. And KP became the scapegoat for that loss. They spent KP to keep Cook. It was a surprising to see nothing happening after losing a series at home to Sri Lanka.

  • on July 22, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    England were on cloudnine last year when they won their first test series in India.Hope India can repeat same in England for this we need out of form cook

  • DaisonGarvasis on July 22, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    To be frank, Cook was never the material for Captaincy, he is not and he never will be. He is good batsman but giving him captaincy England spoiled it. The denial is not going to help him or England. Accept the reality and accept the mistakes. Step down gracefully and look for the right person to lead the Team. May a few fresh faces might be the answer.

  • on July 22, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    This reminds me so much of Aus under Arthurs/Clarke. Couldn't get anything right, absolutely nothing. Couldn't even get a smile out of the players.

    Moores, for mine, looks just as guilty and complicit here as Cook, just like the Arthurs and Clarke show it simply isn't coming together. So, what to do?

    A, Hire Jason Gillespie as coach. Just look at how many Yorkshire players have improved and broken into the English side under his stewardship.

    B, Hire Dennis Lillee and have him go live with Steven Finn until he is just as menacing and deadly as the Mitch. He HAS the ability.

    C, Recall KP and install him as captain, tell Bell, Cook, Broad and Anderson that they have six months leave, maybe longer. KP has the imagination and flair to not just react quickly to a situation but to control the flow of the game himself, he has the vision to captain and he will not take any rubbish.

    D, Sit back and watch. Working harder can and will help, mostly, but not in this case.

  • on July 22, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    England don't have any replacement like India have so they will suffer for a long time.

  • jimbond on July 22, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    With great power comes great responsibility. Nobody is asking for his head within ECB, but should Cook continue? or should he step down to allow a batsman with better form (Compton) and a better captain (either Bell or Root) to take over? The problem is that if the substitutes do well, its curtains for Cook, and the best thing since Bradman may be gone for ever.

  • Harlequin. on July 22, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    'I was going to give it my all. If it's not meant to be it's not meant to be, but I want to be proud of the way I have gone about it.'

    Mr Cook has given it his all, he can be proud of the effort that he has put in and the loyalty he has received from the ECB and from his players, but it's not meant to be. He was born a batsman, not a captain.

  • on July 22, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Had Dhoni lost this test....people would have been crtical on dhoni captaincy and batting also..The problem with england is its a new look team...why not make broad or anderson the captain...Relieve cook of his captaincy and i guarantee it would make wonders...cooky has been a fantastic player for england over the past few years..handle him well ECB....:d

  • on July 22, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    It's quite scary for Cook and Co as Pujara , Kohli haven't got going yet with the bat , and Shami hasn't fired yet with the ball too so England could be huge trouble if they all start performing.

  • on July 22, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    there is no point of him staying in the team just to captain as then he takes up a spot that a younger in form batsman could have

  • BradmanBestEver on July 22, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Cook's failure is a symptom of a bigger problem - management of English cricket is in disarray

  • 22many on July 22, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    if he stays as caption he moves down the order....if he doesn't captain he stays at the top....

  • Sayantann on July 22, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Mr. Cook's honesty is commendable and it's hugely appreciated the way he's opened himself up, which in every possible stretch of imagination was not the easiest thing to do.He still has few days to go before 3rd test at Ageas Bowl and at first what he requires to do now is to put all these thinking about quitting captaincy behind and concentrate on the best combination that can draw level at Southampton. England doesn't really have any substitute of him, which rationally makes him the best available person to lead in tests. 27 is still a relatively small number of innings in not had scored runs on and with odd 25 centuries at the age of 29, he's still a fascinating player. All these ruckus around is going to help him and he must be allowed some space to gather himself. England must push Stokes upwards and get Kerrigan in replacing Robson. An other way of looking at Cook's run-drought would be to expect that may be he's due for something big and who knows that it won't be Rose Bowl ?

  • praneetbhat on July 22, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    I think it is time for England to look for Butler as test wicket keeper as well. Cook need to look back what going wrong with his batting. He termed as man to beat Sachin's highest test century record!!! Now he is finding it difficult to find place in playing XI, if not he is captain.!!! He need to make sure, players were motivated. Morale of England team is very low and lack of application is another key point. Reckless pull shot in yesterday 2nd innings is just example. Jordan, Butler need to replace Prior & Strokes. Of-course, India at the start of tour were not with much pressure like England, as they have nothing to loose after white washed in last visit.!! England just sinking in huge expectations. They need to be patient and composed to reap benefit in test cricket. Ballance, Root, Robson & Ali were definitely silverware in last 2 test for England.

  • timbeau on July 22, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    sounds like the man is nearly broken. hope there is someone giving him sound advice. i.e. not from the ECB

  • landl47 on July 22, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    In the seven test innings England has had this Summer: Ballance has 2 hundreds and 2 fifties. Root has 2 hundreds and 1 fifty. Robson has 1 hundred and 1 fifty. Moeen has 1 hundred. Bell has 2 fifties. Prior has 1 fifty. Cook hasn't got a thirty, let alone a fifty.

    I didn't think there was a lot wrong with Cook's captaincy apart from the first morning. Rahane batted well in the first innings for India and Jadeja in the second innings, with Kumar providing excellent support in both cases as the eighth wicket partnerships were the difference between the sides (India's were 90 and 99, England's were 11 and 0).

    However, Cook's batting has just not been good enough and that must be demoralizing for the side and Cook himself. Hopefully he can turn it around in the 3 tests left.

  • Mcvilla on July 22, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    The writing was on the wall the minute Cook wanted KP out of his team. The environment inside the dressing room was not actually bubbling with enthusiasm thereafter. No motivation, and apart from a select coterie, others were always wary not to get on the wrong side of Cook. You don't win test matches with such an atmosphere existing around.

  • on July 22, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    ahh alas captaincy at times is such a lonely place to be at. And this amazing human being is so lonely at the moment

  • brian007 on July 22, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    It is time to take KP onboard and release Cook from Captaincy. Obviously Cook has closed doors for KP and perhaps KP should Captain and give Cook break from Test Cricket to gain his place back to XI. Don't forget Alex Hales, it is time to let the Power of Alex to be tested in Test arena.

    My Eng XI: Alex Hales, Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, KP, Ian Bell, Joe Root, M Ali, Ben Stokes, Plunkett, Board and Anderson

  • anver777 on July 22, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    2 down 3 to go........ this is a " make it or break it " time for "CAPTAIN COOK" he's desperately need some big runs before this series is over... COOK need runs & the TEAM need wins simple as that !!! wish him good luck in the coming matches !!!!

  • Mervo on July 22, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    'Inner steel' is not making runs or showing good leadership and inspiring player confidence. Time for a change now, before the series is lost. This is India's first away win in 3 years, so England has some significant questions to answer.

  • on July 22, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    It's worrying if the "right man for the job" can't tell his players how they should be bowling. Either Cook agreed with the plan to bowl short to the Indian tail (in which case it was a tactical error) or his bowlers simply ignored him (in which case you question his presence and leadership).

  • jessulkot on July 22, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    Tough time for Captain Cook and this cruel world is behind him. Everyone has forgotten his contribution to the England team and now in tough time all are ready to discuss the only agenda. He has given a lot not only to the Cricket but also to the Fans and of course to his Nation. Just because of the immense pressure Cook is not able to play his natural game. Ball is coming on to the Bat properly and misjudgment in leaving the ball or to play. Who doesn't want to play well? Who doesn't want to lead his team in international Arena? Everyone has doubts when the things are not going well. I am huge fan of this guy. There are very few proper tests Batsman left in cricket and he is one of them. Really don't want to see him in this situation but I am sure he is a warrior King. He will come back and will be back with a Bang. Good Luck mate. Would love to see a Ton from you at the Southampton. Cheers!!!

  • on July 22, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    If England wants to bounce back, sack Cook from the leadership. Bring KP back to lead the team. Perhaps he can make a difference, either with his bat or with his astute leadership. The players will rally round him because he's tough guy. He is not my favourites but at this very moment I can't think of any other player suitable for the job. If Cook fais in the next test he should be dropped from the side. I think England should recall Compton, KP, Ian Buttler for Prior, Monty Panesar and hunt for some South African born players.The biggest mistake the ECB did was to omit KP. Who is this Paul Downton? In 1980's he was one of the biggest failures of the then English cricket team. Don't let those poms to take decision because it's the country that suffer in the end. Getting first 4 English wickets are the easiest thing for the opposition and the middle order is very fragile. Unless ECB take prompt actions English cricket will be in wilderness before long.Get the services of Mike Brearley..

  • class9ryan on July 22, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    All the senior players haven't played to their potential. But we have to know that they all aren't in their peaks now. They aren't as devastating as they were probably a year and half before. Bell's form has been surprising while something is wrong with Stuart Broad.

  • on July 22, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    Get Peterson in to the team for the rest of the matches to save yourself Cook or you will be cooked soon. Encourage an open forum.

  • Ms.Cricket on July 22, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    Rest Cook temporarily for this series and brig back KP as captain. See the difference.

  • on July 22, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    I think cook needs a break from international cricket and start playing county cricket... its tym for someone else to took over the captaincy

  • flowersintherain on July 22, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    Mind boggling! You couldn't make this up.

  • cricpanther on July 22, 2014, 1:27 GMT

    For india point of view, replace: kohli, binny,dhwan......play with gamhir, rohit sharma, raina

  • cricpanther on July 22, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    Here is the pool of players to give them chance on 3rd test never too late, try mix of t20 and odi players and it will be extra good for test specially, england want now result oriented test matches. Sir Ian Botham, Sir Nasser Hussain and Great Michael Waughen all are right to give pressure to Cook as he is not giving pressure to themself and not performing players. Not telling strict warnings and courageous talk to Bell, Prior and all bowlers and keep the things the way it is going on?? how long?? Here are the options, rest to Bell, Prior, Robson, Jimmy, Broad, Strokes. Here are players pool to consider for 3rd test, not too late. Pool: bopara patel root ballance ali erg morgan finn jonny bairstow (wicket keeper) cook chris woakes (allrounder) tim bresnen alex hales boyd rankin (bowler) DR bringgs(young talent) JC tradewell (if possible) Jos buttler (keeper) Kevin Peterson Jonathan trott Plunkett Nick Compton MJ Lumb craig kieswetter (keeper) HF Gurney SG Borthwick

  • vick2025 on July 22, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    As much as I hope India wins the upcoming games...I feel bad for Cook...It's bad to be in his position right now since there are only questions thrown at him and seeing that correct answer is far from sight...oh well hopefully he can find the right path...

  • on July 22, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    Cook is the reason why England was whitewashed in the Ashes series in Australia, lost the home series to Sri Lanka and lost to India at Lords. Cook says that "A captain is only good as the players who play" but I say that the team is only good as its captain. It is time for Cook and the England Cricket Board to admit that he is not the right person to lead England. If Cook is to continue as England captain England will definitely lose its home series to India.

  • Sexysteven on July 22, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    I think cooks captaincy is untenable right now sure his captaincy didn't lose him the game but his captaincy ain't helping England get out of this whole forget about his batting that will come good prob faster if he wasn't captain cooks stubbornness saying he's man the to lead them through this is getting thin at some point for the good of English cricket going forward he's got to admit that his defensive leadership style isn't what England needs but cook being Cook won't do that they may comeback and win this series and if they do that will be a false dawn cos there's no way when the Aussies come to town they won't beat them under cooks leadership again Clarke will expose cooks negativity you can bet on that so for the good of English cricket they need to keep losing so changes will have to be made cos winning will paper over some large cracks in the England setup

  • on July 22, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    what is wrong with Alistair Cook's captaincy?..... he is, in fact a good leader and perfect player for english team. Although flow of runs are bit stagnant, but I believe that he would back in form from 2nd inn of next test.

    There is some management lacking I recon, but it still csn be manageable. .. BEST of LUCK English team and A. Cook....hope to see you playing few more years as a captain and specialist batsman.... one thing you need to try to bat at one down position....

  • on July 21, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    Cook is a pragmatic guy and knows when enough is enough. We all pay our dues to watch our respective national sides play and we naturally expect them to win or at least make a fist of things. However England have failed for so long that I for one think that the pressure tells and he must make a decision on his future sooner rather than later.

  • getsetgopk on July 21, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    Well its just like I predicted before the series started, a test series for the sake of it. England and India too for that matter, have been made to work like machinese, you can keep such machine like precision and intensity for only so long and sooner the mind faulters and then finally the body gives up too. England are at that stage, both the soul and body have given up, like a corpse. What England needs is to stay away from the cricket field. Nothing in particular wrong with Cook or other English players its just they are mentally caught up in a cycle which they can't seem to get out of. Well played India indeed, but isn't there a BUT always, India have won a single test after wondering for THREE YEARS around the world, besides they have beaten a team which I just mentioned above. So all in all, more matches equates to more money for the time being but this is the quality of competition we'll be getting, good or bad but certianly diluted.

  • dunger.bob on July 21, 2014, 23:30 GMT

    This article pretty much sums it up. Cook needs: 1] Some runs from his own bat. 2] Some runs/wickets from his senior players 3] A wicketkeeper who doesn't drop every 2nd catch that comes his way.

    If those 3 things happen things will suddenly look a lot brighter for Cookie. Until thing it's a dark, depressing spiral into cricketing oblivion for him I'm afraid.

  • regofpicton on July 21, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    What seems to be happening, currently, is that Cook's captaincy failures are putting pressure on his batting, and his batting failures are putting pressure on his captaincy. Something has to give. It sounds as though he truly believes that England need his captaincy though I suspect that most observers would see that as a serious mistake. But unquestionably they do need his runs. Surely the solution is obvious.

    Importantly, Cook should not see his stepping down from the captaincy as a negative move. Quite the reverse. I remember a talented England captain being in trouble in 1981, and Botham stepped down after some dismal Ashes form. The results, in Cricinfo's words, were of "mystical brilliance", causing "a boom in support for English cricket that reverberated through the decade."

    England need a bit of this magic to turn up sharpish. Next test they might be facing Ashwin, & Kohli won't keep failing. Unless things change soon the situation will probably get even worse for England.

  • jimmyvida on July 21, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    Captaincy clearly depends on what Cook wants and what he expects of himself. If he can score some runs....

  • SirViv1973 on July 21, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    I would stand Cook down as capt now. Surely if there was a viable long term option then he would have gone before now. Due to the lack replacements I would be tempted to rotate the captaincy. Why not use the next 3 tests to look at Broad in the role?. Then if Bell is still in this side he could lead for the 3 tests in SRL then maybe look at one of the younger players such as Root or maybe even Ali for the series in the WI next spring. A more long term appointment could then be made at the start of next summer having had a look at the 3 options maybe even cook himself could be back in the frame by then but right now the captaincy burden needs to be lifted. I would play him as just a batsman for the next 2 games, if he's still struggling for runs then look at an alternative opener. I'm not keen on the idea of bringing in Morgan to capt he's had a decent season with Midd but still isn't in Eng bes tXI.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on July 21, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    well it was to be expected really. ecb/cook kicked out KP for the wrong unfair reasons. now they are paying for it. why wait until everything is gone? india is 1-0, there are 3 tests to be played. why not make the captaincy change now and see if it can be turned around? either way england is still loosing and cook not scoring, right?

    also remove david saker as bowling coach. since the summer of australia, eng bowlers are pitching short even of dead roads! isn't there anyone in england setup who can tell them to pitch up?? surly there must be...

  • on July 21, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    Cook need not wait till the end of the series, he should immediately man up and do the right and honorable thing and step aside and let someone else lead the team, he's clearly not captaincy material, to most, nor is he a leader.

    It is time to face up to reality, Cook!

  • Chris_P on July 21, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    if you're having an extended run of outs, but the team is performing, then there is leeway (thinks back to Mark Taylor's run of poor returns, but the team was winning). However, when he is being let down by most of his senior players, I would suggest if he selected for the full 3 tests with these returns, there is something glaringly wrong with English cricket. I like Cook, he is a fine player, showing his skills around the world stage, but the brutal truth is that England cannot afford him contributing in this manner. I hope, for cricket sake, he pulls out of this slump for he is a quality player & person.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 21, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    Not much support left out there Alastair. Time to rest.

  • Cobra0077 on July 21, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    There are several reasons of England's failure. The seniors have not played well for a long time but that was not exposed till KP was removed, as he was the one who used to bail them out. Next, it's the international cricket schedule, where there is no time for a player to take any break/rest to let his body recover and also when an international player's form lagged, he immediately played some county matches to gain back that form before coming back to the national team. The real culprit of cricket is the T20 which most of us only consider as an entertainment like a movie where the game is one sided (everything from rules to pitches) in the batmen favor and because of this the bowlers will soon start having major injuries as they try much harder under the unfavorable condition.

  • Hardy1 on July 21, 2014, 22:37 GMT

    The worrying thing for England is India have been playing with 10 players for the last 2 Tests, surely Rohit or Ashwin will come in for the next Test. Plus you can only keep India's two best batsmen, Pujara & Kohli, quiet for so long.

    Still, two pretty average sides overall so England definitely aren't out of it. A new keeper in Butler & perhaps the reintroduction of Jordan are the only changes I can see, but I think they are two that would make a big difference to the mentality of the team since they are two positive cricketers.

  • on July 21, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    Cook should step down. His muddled captaincy is harming English Cricket.

  • web_guru2003 on July 21, 2014, 22:15 GMT

    KP must be laughing somewhere...

  • Patchmaster on July 21, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    Why not make the changes now ? Why wait to lose another two games ? Cook is clearly beyond repair, for now. A spell in County cricket is what he needs. Bell is the same, and he's basically just blocking the path for a younger player to make a case. Bell & Cook need to go and score some runs in County cricket. Time for Butler, Lyth etc to come in now. Broad is either injured or just not the same bowler he was, because at present he's a medium pace trundler that most club batsmen would be happy to face. C'mon ECB & selectors, time for choose a team for victory and for the ENG fans, rather than public school boy politics.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on July 21, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    He's finished. Even a ton won't cover up the fact bowlers have worked him out. New captain for third test please.

  • Happy_hamster on July 21, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    Well England have not won any of the last 10 tests and Cook has contributed nothing with the bat and less as captain, at what point exactly does untenable kick in as I would have thought that point has been passed. A first ever home series loss to SL, a first overseas win by India in 3 years following on from a whitewash down under. England now have a culture of failure and the senior players are at the core, time to ditch Prior, Cook and rest Broad and Anderson, only positive is some of the yong uns are standing up and being counted. Well done India respect for exploiting the situation but to be bounced out by Ishant is shocking Bhuvi seems a great prospect.

  • godimbored on July 21, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    Cook the England captain may well have to call time on himself in order to save Cook the England batsman. If there were a clear successor I'd say he should step down now, but potential candidates for the job aren't exactly knocking the door down. Joe Root is still 2 or 3 years away from stepping up, Ian Bell is in almost as bad a batting slump as Cook, Broad failed as T20 captain and Prior has left the building. No easy choices.

  • pom_don on July 21, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    Three tests to save Moore's & Farbrace plus the bowling coach too not to mention one or two other players.

  • satchander on July 21, 2014, 21:47 GMT

    I must say that an English captain gets more grilled than probably any other captain in the world. I mean the way Atherton was questioning Cook during the post match presentation was nothing short of - "mate, you are a crap captain - just quit now". I have never seen Shastri or anybody grill Dhoni even when he lost 8 successive overseas tests (0-4 in Eng and 0-4 in Aus). In India, the captain and many players can get away with poor performances for sustained periods of time but I guess that cannot happen in England.

  • jackiethepen on July 21, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    Apparently there are excuses and Cook is making them for himself. He doesn't appear to grasp that his very poor tactical captaincy is costing England key moments of the game. If he doesn't recognise that, then clearly he is learning nothing. He just doesn't see the mistakes he is making. No wonder he wants to carry on. He believes that if he scores runs his captaincy will suddenly improve. It won't. It might mask his failure. Due to Bell's brilliant batting in 2013 in the England leg of the Ashes, his poor captaincy was overlooked. But it came to haunt the Australian leg of the Series. It won't go away. His bowlers might save him in the same way, but at some point he will lose a vital game. None of the ECB hierarchy want to admit they got it wrong by backing Cook as captain. After all they were relying on the advice of former coach Flower who also nailed KP as trouble maker. Could it be that Flower was wrong about both players?

  • on July 21, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    Why three tests, for God's sake? Why not none?

  • realcricketfan on July 21, 2014, 21:20 GMT

    Its untenable now. He should resign and let anyone else have a go. They cant do a worse job. As Ian Chappell said, you can always take positives from a defeat, there are none to be taken from this one, but Cook being replaced might be a huge positive.

  • on July 21, 2014, 21:20 GMT

    Cook hasn't a clue as a captain, which is sad for such a formerly great batsman. He is not "fronting up" as a batsman, and his bowlers, Plunkett in particular, squandered that 1st innings at least with his approval and at worst following his orders. You don't bowl short and have catchers on the boundary to tailenders without the captain involved.

  • on July 21, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    Well I think Cook is right to some extent, Anderson and Broad in particular seem to think they are entitled to play for as long as they want, regardless of form, effort or whatever. They are not stepping up, they are simply petulant underachievers and have been for a good while now, I would say since the NZ tour. If Cook wants a turnaround he needs to wield the axe and bring in some blokes who are going to bust themselves to take wickets, not bowl a bunch of pretty outswingers that wouldn't threaten a kitten.

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 21, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    As much as I like Cook as a person, I cannot see anything more but failure for him in the remaining 3 games. India will come hard at him and everyone else in the English team. India are there to win the series and won't settle for a one off test win. Cook must relinquish the captaincy if he needs to get back to form. If he doesn't, more failure awaits.

  • Frayninho21 on July 21, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    Cook needs to be put out of his misery. You'd put down an animal if he was struggling as badly as Alistair Cook. England needs to take a leaf out of South Africa and New Zealand's book...look at leadership from a different point of view. Graeme Smith and Stephen Fleming were very young when they started but both pretty much became 'career captains'. England should do the same with Joe Root.

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  • Frayninho21 on July 21, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    Cook needs to be put out of his misery. You'd put down an animal if he was struggling as badly as Alistair Cook. England needs to take a leaf out of South Africa and New Zealand's book...look at leadership from a different point of view. Graeme Smith and Stephen Fleming were very young when they started but both pretty much became 'career captains'. England should do the same with Joe Root.

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 21, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    As much as I like Cook as a person, I cannot see anything more but failure for him in the remaining 3 games. India will come hard at him and everyone else in the English team. India are there to win the series and won't settle for a one off test win. Cook must relinquish the captaincy if he needs to get back to form. If he doesn't, more failure awaits.

  • on July 21, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    Well I think Cook is right to some extent, Anderson and Broad in particular seem to think they are entitled to play for as long as they want, regardless of form, effort or whatever. They are not stepping up, they are simply petulant underachievers and have been for a good while now, I would say since the NZ tour. If Cook wants a turnaround he needs to wield the axe and bring in some blokes who are going to bust themselves to take wickets, not bowl a bunch of pretty outswingers that wouldn't threaten a kitten.

  • on July 21, 2014, 21:20 GMT

    Cook hasn't a clue as a captain, which is sad for such a formerly great batsman. He is not "fronting up" as a batsman, and his bowlers, Plunkett in particular, squandered that 1st innings at least with his approval and at worst following his orders. You don't bowl short and have catchers on the boundary to tailenders without the captain involved.

  • realcricketfan on July 21, 2014, 21:20 GMT

    Its untenable now. He should resign and let anyone else have a go. They cant do a worse job. As Ian Chappell said, you can always take positives from a defeat, there are none to be taken from this one, but Cook being replaced might be a huge positive.

  • on July 21, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    Why three tests, for God's sake? Why not none?

  • jackiethepen on July 21, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    Apparently there are excuses and Cook is making them for himself. He doesn't appear to grasp that his very poor tactical captaincy is costing England key moments of the game. If he doesn't recognise that, then clearly he is learning nothing. He just doesn't see the mistakes he is making. No wonder he wants to carry on. He believes that if he scores runs his captaincy will suddenly improve. It won't. It might mask his failure. Due to Bell's brilliant batting in 2013 in the England leg of the Ashes, his poor captaincy was overlooked. But it came to haunt the Australian leg of the Series. It won't go away. His bowlers might save him in the same way, but at some point he will lose a vital game. None of the ECB hierarchy want to admit they got it wrong by backing Cook as captain. After all they were relying on the advice of former coach Flower who also nailed KP as trouble maker. Could it be that Flower was wrong about both players?

  • satchander on July 21, 2014, 21:47 GMT

    I must say that an English captain gets more grilled than probably any other captain in the world. I mean the way Atherton was questioning Cook during the post match presentation was nothing short of - "mate, you are a crap captain - just quit now". I have never seen Shastri or anybody grill Dhoni even when he lost 8 successive overseas tests (0-4 in Eng and 0-4 in Aus). In India, the captain and many players can get away with poor performances for sustained periods of time but I guess that cannot happen in England.

  • pom_don on July 21, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    Three tests to save Moore's & Farbrace plus the bowling coach too not to mention one or two other players.

  • godimbored on July 21, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    Cook the England captain may well have to call time on himself in order to save Cook the England batsman. If there were a clear successor I'd say he should step down now, but potential candidates for the job aren't exactly knocking the door down. Joe Root is still 2 or 3 years away from stepping up, Ian Bell is in almost as bad a batting slump as Cook, Broad failed as T20 captain and Prior has left the building. No easy choices.