Wednesday 25 June 2014 

Video - Cook Stubborn Enough To Survive - Fletcher

India's head coach Duncan Fletcher believes under-fire England captain Alastair Cook is stubborn and determined enough to remain in his job.

If his leadership was questioned after the 5-0 Ashes defeat Down Under, those questions have grown louder following a 1-0 Test series defeat at home to Sri Lanka.

Fletcher, who led England between 1999 and 2007, handing Cook his debut in India in 2006, now takes charge of an India side that begins a five-Test series against England next month.

He expects Cook to bounce back from the form slump he is currently suffering and continue to lead England.

"I think he's a very determined individual, you know, he's very, very determined, which I think most opening bats have to be," Fletcher said.

"In fact, you could have a look at a batter and pick them on their mental aspect, one of them would be they've got to be determined and stubborn and I think Alastair's got that.

"That's why he's proven with the runs that he's got, he's a very, very good opening batter and it's like everyone, you go through some bad times and you go thriugh some good times and I agree with MS, the trouble is too many people are quite happy to knock you off your pedastal, and when you go through those bad times, keep knocking them instead of... that's when they need the support."

Three years ago, with Cook in imperious form, England hammered India 4-0 at home but Fletcher, like his captain MS Dhoni, is keen to play down any talk of 'revenge'.

"Well, any Test, you go out to win the series, reversing trends is not that important," he said.

"What is important is that you go out trying to win the series. That's the most important thing.

"No matter what the result is, MS has pointed out, you want to go out there and win the series and that's what our objective is, to come over here and win the series."

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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