There had been a storm of controversies that had arose about the fact of retaining Alastair Cook as Captain of the England Cricket team in tests. These questions arose after England’s loss over Sri Lanka a month ago. But the former English cricketers were against the decision of keeping Cook as the captain for the series against India. Things loosened up a little after the first test was drawn but now, as it stands, the matter has recurred after England’s loss against India in the second test at Lord’s by a margin of 95 runs.
Cook’s captaincy was criticized by former cricketers as defensive captaincy and many of the former cricketers suggested to remove Cook from test captaincy immediately to save English cricket. But the ECB remained unmoved and they continue to keep their faith on Alastair Cook for the next test against India. The English squad for the next test at Southampton was declared today and Cook will stay as captain. Also, Jose Butler makes it into the England squad after their first choice keeper, Matt Prior was injured.
Thus Cook is getting another chance to make a strong comeback. If he fails in this occasion too, the English selectors will not hesitate further to take any stern actions. The newly included wicket keeper, Butler is uncapped in 5-day game but he had made some impressive performances in the limited overs fixtures.
Cook also pointed on Monday that he has no intension to resign as the Captain of the England team despite of England’s unsuccessful run of 10 successive tests without a win. This has been their worst performance since 20 years.
Alastair Cook (Essex, capt), Sam Robson (Middlesex), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Jos Buttler (Lancashire wkt), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Liam Plunkett (Durham), James Anderson (Lancashire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)