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Ahead of Alastair Cook’s 150th Test, Mitchell Johnson had said that the English opener would be thinking about his retirement. Until then Cook had managed a mere 62 runs in 4 innings, and to bog him down Johnson sprayed a few words. Cook then dismissed Johnson’s assumptions, saying that there’s some gas left in the tank and that he is hungry for more.

Cook’s form, however, did not better in the third Test, scoring 21 runs. And rightly so, the swords are out of the sheaths again.

Captain Joe Root thinks otherwise, also backing the struggling Stuart Broad who went wicketless in his 35 overs. “They’ve got huge amounts of experience and they do offer a lot to the group and their performances over a long period of time speak for themselves,” Root said.

Kevin Pietersen advised England to drop Broad, while Ian Bell opined that Cook should hang his boots. Root, however, believes that they should not make any hasty decisions. “They’ve been in situations where things haven’t gone for them before and that’s why they’ve played so many games. No reason they can’t do that again. It’s important we don’t panic and make hasty decisions after three games.”

Root could not hold himself back from defending his former captain, calling him a stubborn guy. “He’s done it so many times before and he’s a very stubborn guy who likes proving people wrong. The amount of extra work he’s putting in behind the scenes tells me he’s desperate to keep going.”