Cook won't resign as England captain

Alastair Cook has vowed to stay on as England captain, despite his team slipping to yet another defeat against India at Lord's.

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Alastair Cook vows to stay on as England captain

Alastair Cook stands alone on the Lord's pitch. Credit: PA

Alastair Cook has vowed to stay on as England captain, despite his team slipping to yet another defeat against India at Lord's.

The Essex star has been heavily criticised by pundits and fans alike following a disastrous run of ten tests without a win.

England's last ten test results

  • England v Australia (The Oval) - Match drawn (Aug 13)
  • Australia v England (Brisbane) - Australia won by 381 runs (Nov 13)
  • Australia v England (Adelaide) - Australia won by 218 runs (Dec 13)
  • Australia v England (Perth) - Australia won by 150 runs (Dec 13)
  • Australia v England (Melbourne) - Australia won by 8 wickets (Dec 13)
  • Australia v England (Sydney) - Australia won by 281 runs (Jan 14)
  • England v Sri Lanka (Lord's) - Match drawn (June 14)
  • England v Sri Lanka (Leeds) - Sri Lanka won by 100 runs (June 14)
  • England v India (Nottingham) - Match drawn (July 14)
  • England v India (Lord's) - India won by 95 runs (July 14)

Cook's own form with the bat has suffered as well, with the 29-year-old having not hit a century in over a year.

India celebrate beating England. Credit: PA

Despite the poor sequence of results, Cook says he won't be standing down any time soon.

"It gets harder and harder the more we don't win, and of course it all heaps on me.

But until that bloke taps me on the shoulder and says we don't want you to be captain, I'm desperate to try and turn this around for England.

If I'm not good enough at the end of the summer, then so be it, but I am trying my heart out to do this."

– Alastair Cook, England captain

Could the end be nigh for Alastair Cook after yet another failure with the bat?

Alastair Cook cut a dejected figure after his dismissal against India. Credit: PA

Alastair Cook's future as England captain could be in doubt after the Essex star failed once again with the bat.

The 29-year-old could only manage 22 in his second innings against India, to follow-up a score of 10 in his first knock.

It means that Cook now hasn't hit a century in 27 test innings, and his captaincy credentials have also come into question.

India celebrate as Alastair Cook heads for the pavilion. Credit: PA

Cook's woes with the bat

  • Cook's last century was against New Zealand in May 2013. He hit 130 at Headingley.
  • Since then, he's averaged just over 24.

With England on 105-4 going into the final day at Lord's, and chasing an unlikely target of 319 to win, a ninth consecutive test without a win looks a real possibility.

Many pundits now think that enough in enough, including former skipper Michael Vaughan who told The Telegraph that taking the captaincy away from Cook could help to revitalise his career.

"We have reached the stage with Cook when he cannot be enjoying cricket. You don’t when you are not playing well and the team is struggling.

It is easy for the England and Wales Cricket Board to say it is going to stick by him but it has to ask what is best for the team and for Cook.

The ECB has a responsibility to Cook the person to do the right thing and if that means taking the captaincy away then so be it."

– Michael Vaughan

Cook can only sit and hope that the rest of the England batsmen can get him out of jail today, but anything less than a win would surely lead to serious questions about his fate.

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