Following England’s defeat to India in the recent Test series Alastair Cook has said that he will consider his position as England Test captain.
However, he said that he won’t be rushed into a decision about his future after England imploded in Chennai to lose the fifth Test by an innings and 75 runs.
Speaking straight after the Test Cook said that it isn’t the time to be talking about his future. He said that it is time for him to go away and think about what has happened over the Test series “without the emotive side”.
However, England assistant coach Paul Farbrace gave his support to Cook saying, “The respect that Cook has in the team and the fact that the team are very much behind him, speaks volumes about him as a bloke and a captain. It will be his decision with Andrew Strauss and Trevor Bayliss – they’ll have that conversation.”
Farbrace went on to say that he believes that Cook will “do the right thing for the England cricket team”. He described Cook as an excellent leader and said that he hopes he continues in the role.
He also said that Cook is in the management group’s plans for the next Ashes series and suggested that there are no plans to remove the captain following the most recent Test series, “Nothing that has happened in this series will change our minds in terms of him being the right person to lead the England cricket team but, as I say, after every series we sit and chat about the way forward.”
Cook has been captain since 2012 and broke Michael Atherton’s record of 54 Tests as captain in the first match of the series. Under his leadership England won the home Ashes series in 2013 and 2015 but lost 5 – 0 in Australia in 2014.