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Glenn McGrath backs Alastair Cook as England captain

Alastair Cook has led England to a 5-0 Ashes 2013-14 loss to Australia and a 1-0 loss to Sri Lanka at home © Getty Images
Alastair Cook has led England to a 5-0 Ashes 2013-14 loss to Australia and a 1-0 loss to Sri Lanka at home © Getty Images

London: Jun 28, 2014

Glenn McGrath has given his backing to Alastair Cook to remain as England captain. Cook has come under severe criticism over the past year regarding his captaincy. Cook has also been out of form with the bat. All this has seen Cook lead England to a 5-0 Ashes 2013-14 loss to Australia and a 1-0 loss to Sri Lanka at home.

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen also said the form of current captain Cook — the left-handed opener has gone 24 innings without a Test century — was having an impact upon his leadership of the team.

“Cook’s form will be affecting him,” Pietersen said in his latest Daily Telegraph column published on Saturday. “I have played with Cooky long enough to know that when that happens he becomes very quiet and introverted. He struggles to handle it. We have all been through it and it does play on your mind.”

Shane Warne, a friend and former Hampshire colleague of Pietersen, has said Cook ought to relinquish the captaincy.

But Warne’s fellow Australia bowling great McGrath said Cook ought to remain in post for England’s upcoming five-Test series at home to India as there is no obvious candidate to replace him.

“If there’s no one that’s going to do a better job, and he’s happy to do it, then the captaincy should stay with him,” McGrath told Cricket.com.au.

However, McGrath added Cook needed to be more flexible in the field.

“I like Cooky, and I have a lot of respect for him,” McGrath said. “But England are fairly set in their ways.

“They seem to have plan A and then plan B is nearly non-existent — it’s stand back and wait for the opposition to make a mistake.

“I think in this day and age you have to be a little bit more innovative and think on your feet a little bit more.”

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