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Alastair Cook: Selectors’ job to pick England captain

Alastair Cook has come under severe criticism from many quarters about his captaincy over the last one year © Getty Images
Alastair Cook has come under severe criticism from many quarters about his captaincy over the last one year © Getty Images

By Chetan Narula

Nottingham: Jul 8, 2014

Alastair Cook said it was an honour to captain England but it was the selectors’ job to decide who will lead the side. Cook has come under severe criticism from many quarters about his captaincy over the last one year. England are win-less in the last eight Test matches.

Asked if a series loss to India will mean the end of his captaincy, Cook replied, “It has been an honour to do the job and the selectors are the ones to pick the captain. It is not my job to do that. I do the job they give me and I have given it my all and I will continue to give it my all until I have this job to do.”

While the run-making responsibility will lie largely with Cook, there will be onus on James Anderson and Stuart Broad to share the wicket-taking charge, as England get used to life after Graeme Swann.

“We bowled well against Sri Lanka but we had two bad days in Headingley and lost the series. We have a different balance in attack from what we are used to and without Swann we have different options to mix it up. We now have a different way of getting 20 wickets,” said the captain.

“You change things around when you have to and Swann could hold one end up. Bowlers like Anderson and Broad have had Swann bowling at other end so they will also need to get used to bowling without him. They both have an outstanding record at this ground and their workload will be high.”

England have had a small injury scare regarding Matt Prior and Jos Buttler has been called as a back-up. But the former is expected to make the playing XI with a final call to be taken tomorrow morning.

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