Saturday 26 July 2014 

Video - Cook 'Desperate' To Retain Captaincy

Watch a series of videos as embattled England captain Alastair Cook looks ahead to the third Test against India, saying he is 'desperate' to continue leading the side.

Please note: the videos will remain available until 9th August, after which time they will default to the latest available content.

The latest person to add his voice to the calls for Cook to stand down was Kevin Pietersen, who suggested in a column for The Daily Telegraph that Cook needs to resign the captaincy and take time out from playing for England to regain his form.

Cook, however, is having none of it.

"I keep saying as I keep saying it seems in every press conference at the moment - I'm desperate to carry on because I love being England captain.

"It's a huge honour and as I said when first took over, I just want to throw everything into it.

"And, until that time where I don't feel I can carry on doing it or when someone taps me on the shoulder, then that's what I'm going to do."

Responding to a question about whether he is aware of the criticism levelled at him and whether he is affected by it, he remained defiant.

"Does it affect me? I'd rather not say it.

"But again I'm quite a strong-willed guy who doesn't take too much notice really, of the media.

"Because we understand it and I have to concentrate on myself these five days and not what people say in the commentary box."

Reflecting on the summer so far, which has seen England fail to win either of the four Tests they have played, Cook admitted it had been frustrating.

"It has been a really tough summer because we haven't won as many games of cricket, the frustrating thing is we have been getting ourselves in situations - in four Test matches where we're ahead of the game by quite along way but we haven't been able to force the result," he said.

"So we must be doing a lot of things very well but at the moment, the crucial sessions where we've need to stamp our authority, to get that win we haven't managed to take.

"It's bubbling under - the longer it goes without a win, it becomes harder and harder."

And with England 1-0 down to India going into the third Test after a 95-run defeat at Lord's, Cook is keen to remind everybody that last year they bounced back from such a margin to win the series.

"Without doubt it gives you confidence, I remember going into a press conference in Mumbai looking after looking at that wicket, a few ex-players were saying, 'We can't play spin' and 'We're going to lose four-nil' so to turn it round, everyone says that's one of my greatest achievements as a player - to be part of that series and no one remembers that we got hammered in the first game.

"Everyone remembers that we won the series. So, we're one-nil down, and if we win the series, at the end of the series it will be a great thing."

Videos courtesy of SNTV.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs