Tag: Alastair Cook

Cricket: Cook sacked as England one-day captain

Alastair Cook has been removed as England’s one-day captain.

According to widespread but as yet unconfirmed reports, with Eoin Morgan appointed to lead England at the World Cup that starts in February.

England’s World Cup captaincy was thrashed out during hours of deliberations at Trent Bridge on Friday as the selectors wrestled with a decision they had done everything to avoid. The ECB is expected to unveil Morgan as the new captain at Lord’s on Saturday less than two months before the start of the tournament.

Cook left Trent Bridge pensive and unshaven as he began to come to terms with a likely future as a Test specialist.

Cook, 29, has struggled for a long time in one-day cricket, scoring only one half-century in his last 22 innings in ODIs. England have also lost five of their last six multi-match series and the 5-2 series defeat has seen the selectors take action.

Pressure has been building for much of the past year for England’s selectors to jettison Cook, as he became a symbol for England’s conservative approach to one-day cricket. But repeatedly tried to bolster his position in the forlorn hope that he would rediscover his form.

That desire was based not only on the wish for continuity, but upon an underlying sense of loyalty to Cook after he had unprotestingly accepted the decision to call time on Kevin Pietersen’s England career after an Ashes whitewash nearly a year ago.

Now England’s selectors have affirmed their right to choose in the face of strong expressions of loyalty towards Cook by the managing director of England cricket, Paul Downton. As recently as Tuesday, Downton, reaffirmed his belief that Cook was England’s “natural leader” and said he would be very surprised if he was not captain at the World Cup.

Downton’s view that the selectors would take “more risks” if they replaced Cook might well have been accepted by those official charged with making the decision, even as they opted for change, but they have concluded that the risk is worth taking and preferable to the sense of inertia that has settled over the England one-day side.

Peter Moores, England’s coach, also expressed personal support for Cook right up to the end, but a majority feeling emerged among the selectorial quartet – the chairman James Whitaker, former England bowler and Middlesex director of cricket Angus Fraser, and Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell – that Cook’s time had run out.

Under Cook, who was appointed in May 2011, England won 36 and lost 30 of their 69 matches. Cook hiimself has gone 59 innings without an England hundred as pressures have mounted. The recent slump in form from both Cook and the team had threatened to make England’s World Cup challenge a non-event.

Morgan’s form has been equally alarming with only one half-century in his last 19 innings, but that half-century came when he stood in for Cook, who was suspended for a match because he presided over England’s slow over rate, during the seven-match Sri Lanka series. England lost that match in the last over on the way to a 5-2 defeat in the series.

Cook’s sense of duty and strong will meant that he was not about to stand down no matter how consuming his problems in one-day cricket began, but when he indicated at the end of the Sri Lanka series that it was down to the selectors to decide his future there was an underlying sense that he had invited them to act.

England are now left with three captains in three different formats, with Stuart Broad the incumbent in T20 cricket. There is no expectation at present that Cook will lose his Test captaincy and, as Morgan is a long way from the Test side, it is difficult to see how such a bandwagon could gain momentum.

With England involved in a non-stop schedule of international cricket for the next year or more, Cook now has a chance to to restore his energy, regain certainty in his game, and lead England in Test series against New Zealand and Australia next summer.

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Cricket: Sri Lanka v England: Alastair Cook back, Alex Hales set to miss out

England captain Alastair Cook will return for the fifth one-day international against Sri Lanka.

Cook, who was banned for the fourth ODI defeat, is likely to return in place of Alex Hales, while off-spinner James Tredwell could come in for Ben Stokes.

At 3-1 down in the seven-match series, England must win in Pallekele to have a chance of overall victory.

Sri Lanka have called up Sachithra Senanayake after he was cleared to bowl again following a ban.

The off-spinner, who was suspended for an illegal bowling action, replaces left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who has a hamstring injury.

Senanayake is well known to the England team.

He was the bowler when Jos Buttler was run out backing up – a dismissal sometimes referred to as ‘Mankading’ – in a one-day international at Edgbaston in June.

England, who are using the tour to prepare for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, omitted Tredwell for the third ODI, which they won by five wickets.

But they struggled without him during a six-wicket defeat in the fourth game, with all-rounder Stokes conceding 21 runs in two overs.

“We’re trying to make sure that when we get to the World Cup, we’ve got the best side possible to win that tournament,” England batsman Joe Root told BBC Sport.

In Cook’s absence, Hales failed to make his mark at the top of the order by falling for a duck, while James Taylor, who took Cook’s place in the team, made 90 batting at number three.

Despite England extending their poor form to nine defeats in their last 13 completed ODIs, Root believes the visitors can take some positives.

“The way we’ve approached our batting, the tempo at the top of the order especially, has been brilliant,” he said.

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Cricket : ENG v IND : Alastair Cook relieved by end to barren run

Alastair Cook says the 266-run win over India in the third Test has prevented the pressure on him to resign as England captain from coming to a head.

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Both Cook and England had suffered a year-long run of poor form, but his innings of 95 and 70 not out helped them end a 10-match winless run.

“It was getting to a crux situation,” said Cook, who had averaged 22.10 with the bat over the previous 10 Tests.

“If it had carried on like that who knows what would have happened?”

He added: “One game does not change everything and we know how important my runs are from the top of the order. I don’t know if my captaincy got dragged into it but when you are losing there will be focus on it.”

England, who have named an unchanged squad for the fourth Test at Old Trafford next Thursday, had not won since the fourth Test against Australia in August 2013, during which time they had lost seven of the 10 Tests they played.

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Cricket : ENG v IND : Alastair Cook : England captain hits 95 as Gary Ballance makes ton

Alastair Cook fell agonisingly short of a first Test hundred in 14 months as England controlled the first day of the third Test against India at Southampton

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The England captain seemed set to end his 27-innings wait for a century when he edged a Ravindra Jadeja long-hop down the leg side to wicketkeeper Mahendra Dhoni to depart for 95.

That ended a stand of 158 with Gary Ballance, who moved to his third ton in five Tests to lead England to 247-2.

While Ballance was the centurion, the day revolved around Cook, whose barren run had mirrored the poor form of his side and led to ex-England captains such as Michael Vaughan, Mike Atherton, Kevin Pietersenand former batsman Geoffrey Boycott to call for him to resign.

Cook, whose previous 27 innings had yielded only 638 runs at an average of 23.62, has repeatedly claimed he will not quit, despite presiding over a 10-match winless run.

And this knock will go some way to ending any doubt over his immediate future, with two more matches against India coming before England have an eight-month break from Test cricket.

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Cricket : ENG V IND : Hosts collapse to 95-run defeat in second Test

England crumbled to a 95-run defeat by India in the second Test at Lord’s to extend their winless run to 10 matches and increase the pressure on captain Alastair Cook.

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The hosts collapsed after lunch to a series of reckless shots and were bowled out for 223 to hand the tourists a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Joe Root (66) and Moeen Ali (39) gave England hope with a partnership of 101 to take them to 173-4, 146 short of their target.

But after Moeen fell to the last ball before lunch, Matt Prior, Ben Stokes and Root were all out to pull shots in a disastrous 14 minutes of self-destruction as seamer Ishant Sharma took 7-74 – the best figures by an India bowler in England.

The match ended when James Anderson was run out by Ravindra Jadeja, whom he is charged with pushing and verbally abusingduring the first Test at Trent Bridge.

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Cricket : ENG v IND : Alastair Cook Fails Again

England captain Alastair Cook’s batting woes continued as India took control of the first Test with a record last-wicket partnership.

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The opener was bowled off his thigh pad for five as England closed on 43-1 in reply to India’s 457 at Trent Bridge.

On a day of fluctuating fortunes, the hosts had hurtled back into contention with four wickets for two runs after lunch to reduce India to 346-9 following Murali Vijay’s 146.

But an extraordinary stand of 111 – India’s highest for the 10th wicket against England – between number nine Bhuvneshwar Kumar and number 11 Mohammed Shami, who both scored their maiden Test fifties, sapped the hosts’ spirit and put the tourists firmly back in charge.

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Cricket : Alastair Cook Defiant About Captaincy

England captain Alastair Cook says he has no intention of stepping down and will continue to “throw everything” into the role.

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Cook’s leadership has been much-criticised, with England failing to win any of their past eight Test matches.

But speaking on the eve of a five-match home series against India, the 29-year-old remained steadfast in his position.

“Until that day the selectors decide I’m not the right man for the job, I will continue,” he said.

“I think you have to be determined and stick to your guns.

“We all know you are judged on results and results have not been good enough.”

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