Home > News >

Alastair Cook says he’s ‘desperate’ to turn things around for England

Alastair Cook © Getty Images
Alastair Cook © Getty Images

Sydney: Jan 5, 2014

Captain Alastair Cook said on Sunday he knows what it takes to rebuild shattered England from the rubble of their 5-0 Ashes series humiliation against Australia.

The abject tourists collapsed all out for 166 off just 31.4 overs and in 147 minutes to go down by a whopping 281 runs to the dominant Australians in the final Sydney Test.

The crushing defeat — with more than two days to spare after winning the toss and sending Australia in to bat  — is expected to have major ramifications for English cricket just months after they beat Australia 3-0 in England.

Cook said he has been given the vote of confidence from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to continue on as captain as England look to rebuild after sliding to fourth in the International Cricket Council rankings below Australia at three.

Cook quipped about the news of the ECB support, telling reporters: “I was given the vote of confidence from the board which usually means in football terms you have two weeks and then you’re on your bike. But I am desperate to try and turn it around. I feel as if I am the right man to do it.  If I’m not and people higher up want a change because they think that’s the best way, I have to take it on the chin.”

Cook, who scored just 246 runs at 24.60 in the series, said he had the qualities to take the England team forward.

“I have a lot of experience as a player. I have seen a 5-nil before and I’ve seen the drive and determination which that caused that team then. I know what that takes to do,” he said.

“When you strip everything down, every single player now has to go back and have a look at themselves, have a look at their techniques. Have a look at the way they’ve bowled and start rebuilding again. And that hunger has to come from within to do it.”

Cook said only all-rounder Ben Stokes and paceman Stuart Broad played to their potential on a miserable tour where senior batsmen Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen both averaged less than 30 in the series.

“I think we’ve seen some very good stuff from Ben Stokes. He looks like he can balance our side, something we’ve been trying for a long time . I think he’s obviously been the find of the tour,” Cook said.

“Every player will be feeling that they let themselves down because we haven’t performed. Only Broady [Stuart Broad] and Stokesy [Ben Stokes] have delivered close to their potential. I think everyone else will be hurting.

“I think what it does mean when you lose 5-0 is a lot of places are for grabs. That should be a real inspiration for people outside the team and also for people inside the team.

“As a side we’ve let the supporters down because we haven’t played very well. The results suggest that. The work ethic is there, we’ve just got to go back to basics.”

Cook said he felt anger and frustration within because of England’s woeful Test results, but added “the buck stops with me”.

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (12:30 IST)   at Bulawayo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 16, 2014  at Galle

South Africa won by 153 runs

Photos

Gallery: India vs England 2nd Test at Lord's

Videos

Alastair Cook jokes about his bowling

India’s wins in England — from 1971 to 2014

Ravindra Jadeja knighted by her majesty Queen Elizabeth II

India’s win over England in 2nd Test at Lord’s: Twitter reactions

Ishant Sharma pummels England into submission as India clinch Lord’s Test by 95 runs

Ishant Sharma registers name at Lord’s honours board, takes 6 wickets in 2nd Test against England

Bhuvneshwar Kumar England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Ishant Sharma MS Dhoni South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

India tour of England 2014: Ravichandran Ashwin should play at Southampton, says Bishen Singh Bedi

India tour of England 2014: Boycott slams Cook over stubbornness to quit captaincy

Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test Preview: Proteas aim to seal series

India tour of England 2014: Peter Moores says senior players must buck up

India tour of England 2014: Sandeep Patil asks team to stay focused

Can America be the ‘Land of Opportunity’ for cricket

Graham Gooch’s fabulous numbers in all forms of cricket

India tour of England 2014: Ishant Sharma and the curious case of Indian fast bowling

India tour of England 2014: Figures demonstrate why the Lord’s win is special

India’s overseas victories where pace bowlers dominated – Part 2 of 2

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

Madhur Bhandarkar starts shooting for Calender Girls!

Panasonic T41, P41 and P61 Android KitKat launched in India, prices start from Rs 7,990

Nokia Lumia 530 with 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage announced; priced around Rs 8,000

Can America be the ‘Land of Opportunity’ for cricket

Himachal men donating organs for wives

Watch Priyanka Chopra kick ass in Mary Kom trailer

India tour of England 2014: Ravichandran Ashwin should play at Southampton, says Bishen Singh Bedi

Shivi Kashyap garners appreciation for her singing talent

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here