James Tredwell (above) feels Alastair Cook will soon be among the run-scorers © Getty Images

Dec 2, 2014

England spinner James Tredwell said on Tuesday that captain Alastair Cook is handling the pressure well, and a good score from him is just round the corner. Cook has so far struggled on this tour of Sri Lanka, wherein his side trail by 2-0 in the seven-match One-Day International (ODI) series.

“We are a team, he is our leader and we want that to continue,” Tredwell told BBC Sport.

Tredwell continued, “He [Cook] is just working on getting that score, which is just round the corner. He is a class player and we are all behind him in his leadership as well.”

The right-arm bowler, who has 39 wickets from 31 ODIs with best figures of four for 44 against India, blamed England’s disappointing run of results on an inability to put together match-winning performances with bat and ball.

He added,”There has been the odd glimpse, but we’ve not put scores on the board and bowled well as unit in the same game. We have to put it together as one and do that game in game out. That is our challenge.”

After the defeat that put England 2-0 down in the second ODI, former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen wrote on Twitter: “Dear Alastair, if you care about England’s chances this winter, please resign.”

Cook made 22 in the second ODI at Colombo, taking his run-scoring tally in 2014 in ODIS to 436 runs in 16 matches at an average of 29. England were bundled out for 185 as Sri Lanka romped home with a commanding eight-wicket win in the second tie.