Live updates

England Captain Cook says he feels well supported by new coaching set up

Alastair Cook Credit: PA

Alastair Cook is confident he has the full support of the new-look England set-up, having questioned his position as captain after the Ashes.

The Essex star said: "I was asked about (my future) after Sydney and after a long, gruelling winter, I gave it consideration," he said. "I think it would be wrong if I didn't.

"If you don't question your position as leader then, you never will."

"The ECB, since Paul Downton's come in, they've backed me and we've got to justify that confidence"

He said: "It was nice that the guys I spoke to, other members of the side, were very supportive and that's good to hear. I spoke to Stuart Broad and others and they said 'no, you must carry on'."

  1. Donovan Blake

Alastair Cook looks ahead to the Ashes series

It's been a remarkable week for British sport with victory for the Lions and Andy Murray while the Tour de France yellow jersey is still firmly on the back of Brit Chris Froome.

Wednesday sees the start of cricket's Ashes series. Trent Bridge hosts the first of 10 consecutive test matches against Australia in what skipper Alastair Cook hopes will be a year to remember.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia Sport Correspondent Donovan Blake


Cook to collect degree

Alastair Cook Credit: PA Archive

The achievements of Essex and England cricketer Alastair Cook will be celebrated today when he collects an honorary degree from the University of Essex. The former Bedford Schoolboy made his county debut ten years ago. He's gone on to score more test centuries than any other Englishman.

Tories deny Strauss MP rumours

Conservatives have denied rumours former England Test Captain, Andrew Strauss, could run for Corby MP. Credit: PA

The Conservatives have dismissed rumours that former England Test Captain, Andrew Strauss, might stand to replace Louise Mensch as Corby MP.

The cricketer announced his retirement from the sport yesterday, on the same day the former Tory MP stood down, sparking an internet rumour that he might be about to enter a career in politics.

A Conservative source said they are "not aware of any truth in it."

Strauss is to be replaced as test captain by Essex batsman Alastair Cook.