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July 3, 2014

Was retaining Alastair Cook as captain for the India Tests the right move?


Despite recent reversals, he remains England's best leadership option in these difficult times.


His leadership is tired and unimaginative, and is taking a huge toll on his batting.


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July 6, 2014, 4:34 GMT


I think the man's record and reputation speaks for itself, and on that merit i believe he is the man for the job.

July 4, 2014, 15:15 GMT


Well they have no choice, who will replace cook, no one sticks out Ian bell is too nice and gent to be a captain only one who has some experience is broad and Prior but Broad is too thick. England need to pick the team carefully because I think India mean business this time they have taken lots of slack for been failure away from home. I will defiantly play STOKES he has something which no England bowler has at moment and that is attitude and aggression, he stood up to Jonson in Australia which was brilliant and that is missing from England at the moment. Kholi will be the danger man for England he has excellent technique.

August 13, 2014, 3:35 GMT


England May have won the last two tests but I still don't think cook is the man to captain England if they want to compete in the ashes next year with Cook at the helm I can see another 5nil ashes series win to the Aussies coming up they will be all over cooks defensive negative boring tactics and make England pay for it Cook can get away with against teams like India but that's good news for Aussie cos they know the England camp fans and media are getting a false impression wins do paper over the cracks that I can see are still there maybe not as big as before but there are still some cracks there like cooks captaincy his opening partner and the the two backup bowlers to broad and Anderson Aussie will exploit all three of those weakness plus they will play moeen Ali better then the Indians have so far

July 15, 2014, 13:47 GMT


Cook is a very average leader, he isn't implementing any new thoughts in the squad ... except for dropping KP (huge mistake) . His batting form is depleting completely. For the lord's test, Ian Bell or Stuart Broad should lead the team..

July 14, 2014, 15:24 GMT


No - results show that already. England have better, and proven spinners. 1 wicket on day five - and that of Ishant Sharma - does not make him a solution to Eng's spin debate. And besides, he is clueless with a bat in his hand - Jimmy Anderson is a safer bet for assign runs to the board.

Oh, and as captain he is indisputably a miserable failure. Everybody beats Eng, even at home. Bowlers rarely make good skippers!

July 6, 2014, 7:55 GMT


The yes or no depends on which side you are on. However, I would say it is a big NO for England. ECB is trying to justify a wrong decision to drop KP from the team and keep Cook as Captain. It is ECB who needs to keep Cook as Captian more than Cook himself. Putting team politics ahead of the team itself will bring England Cricket new lows.

July 5, 2014, 18:54 GMT


Cook just not good enough at present time either as opener or captain.

July 5, 2014, 6:27 GMT


What are the options? KP is out, Bell is playing well without being excellent, Broad is too divisive a character. Unless England does a South Africa and puts in an inexperienced Joe Root and backs him long term, there is no viable alternative to Cook. Cook should do well this India series considering how defensive a captain Dhoni is.

July 4, 2014, 13:50 GMT


If I were the selector, I would appoint somebody like Jos Buttler as the captain and give him a long rope. The reason is, the guy touted as the future captain, Joe Root, is no different in personality compared to Cook. Cook, Root and the previous captains Vaughan and Strauss, all come from the same culture of dogged, resilient and professional cricket. They are bookish, give emotional press-conferences, apply too much thinking into minute details and somehow lose the plot during crunch situations. Those are perfect people in a race to finish number-2. But not number-1. They need an un-english captain to lead the England side. I couldn't find anyone more un-english than Jos Buttler in the current side. It worked for Botham, all those years ago. Even for Dhoni in India. Graeme Smith in South Africa. Why not in England!

July 4, 2014, 12:15 GMT


However obnoxious one finds the manner of Warne's relentless criticism, he certainly has some points. Like Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, Cook did inherit his great victory. After Alamein, Montgomery faded and his performance during the Normandy campaign was pitiful in the extreme. Give Alastair Cook a rest now or the India series could prove a bridge too far not only for Cook the captain, but for Cook the batsman. England cannot afford that.