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India vs England 2014 3rd Test at Southampton: Ian Bell backs Alastair Cook to regain lost touch

Alastair Cook is under pressure to be among the runs as England have failed to register a Test win in last 10 matches © Getty Images
Alastair Cook is under pressure to be among the runs as England have failed to register a Test win in last 10 matches © Getty Images

Jul 27, 2014

England batsman Ian Bell has come out in support of Alastair Cook as England’s tough run in Test cricket continues and skipper Cook himself is going through a bad phase. There have been calls from former England players that Cook needs to step down from captaincy. Bell however has backed Cook saying that he is desperate for the team to move forward.

“He is desperate to do well. He is a proud guy; he loves captaining; he loves playing for England. We all want him to go out and do well. I believe he is the right guy. He is gutted certainly about the way the Lord’s game finished. But he’s a tough cricketer. You have to be to play that amount of games and be as successful as he has been. You go through highs and lows in your career – and he is fighting. He’s desperate for this team to move forward – he is working as hard as he can on his game,” Bell was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

“He doesn’t give too much away to the group; he may be hurting a lot inside but you still see a guy round the dressing room who is full of confidence – and who gives confidence to the guys whether he has got runs or not. [Andrew] Strauss was very good at that too. You would never know if he had got a big score or a low one and that’s a really good trait to have,” he added.

Bell however, turned down the questions over succeeding Cook as captain.

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