Alastair Cook to reconsider captaincy after ODI series loss
Sydney: Alastair Cook has indicated his time as England captain could be close to an end after the one-day international series against Australia was meekly conceded in here.
Alastair Cook during the third ODI against Australia on Sunday. Pic/Getty Images
England have endured a horror tour Down Under, losing all eight games against Australia in 86 days on tour including the 5-0 Ashes whitewash.
That has left the spotlight on their 29-year-old captain and, after the defeats have piled up, Cook has conceded it has left him contemplating his future. “I think I’m going to have to make a decision on that after you take stock of the next two games (to end the series),” he said.
“We’ll sit down and talk over a lot of things. I think there will be some changes. I think English cricket needs a little bit of a change as well.
“The last few months we haven’t played the cricket we are capable of. We have to look at the reasons why,” he added Cook was given the backing to remain in charge by the England and Wales Cricket board during the fifth Test in Sydney a fortnight ago.
Asked if he felt his position has been undermined since, Cook added: “I don’t really want to get dragged into my position. I think it’s been two weeks since someone asked me that question — it’s been a long two weeks.
“We have kept losing games of cricket and I haven’t been able to turn it around.” Cook is due to meet team director Andy Flower and new managing director Paul Downton when he returns home to conduct a review of the Australia tour.
Bopara backs Cook
Meanwhile, England all-rounder Ravi Bopara has offered a glowing endorsement of Alastair Cook’s capabilities as captain and is certain he has the full backing of his team-mates.
“I think naturally Alastair would be down. We’ve lost three games out of three and that’s a natural reaction straight after the game,” Bopara said.
“I am surprised (by his comments). I think he’s the right man for it. I would love for him to carry on in both formats,” he added.