Alastair Cook has faced repeated calls to resign the captaincy from his own countrymen like Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain during a run that has seen England go 10 Tests without a win. Now recently Alastair Cook disregarded calls from Kevin Pietersen to resign as England captain ahead of the third Test against India at Southampton. Kevin Pietersen has become the latest former England skipper to urge Alastair Cook to quit the captaincy, saying he was only still in the job because it would be “yet another PR disaster” for the England and Wales Cricket Board to sack him now. Kevin Pietersen also stated that Cook should resign as he does not have the tactical brain to lead the side. Meanwhile Cook’s form with the bat has also dwindled. It is now 27 innings since he scored the last of his England record 25 Test hundreds, and the left-handed opener’s last nine Test innings have yielded just 129 runs. Pietersen, despite being England’s all-time leading run scorer and their top-scorer during their 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia, was the only player to be axed by England after their return home from ‘Down Under’ in February. Pietersen expressed his view about the “Captain” Cook that, politics are keeping Cook in a job because the England and Wales Cricket Board backed him so much that it would be yet another PR disaster if it sacked him now.
But the main point is Cook is keen to continue as captain. He is desperate to carry on because he loves being England captain, it’s a huge honour, Cook said. Cook also said that the last three or four weeks, everyone’s been saying that. It is no different who else says it. He has just got to stay true to himself and say how good it would be if he could get through this as a person, as a player, as a leader and take huge strides from it, Cook added. Cook chose to remain positive, though, and believes they are still capable of emerging triumphant in this five-match Investec series.
England badly miss Cook the opening batsman scoring 150 to set games up at the top of the order and, relieved of the captaincy, and it is not too late for him to rediscover this form, Cook should do what is right for England and resign the captaincy, Pietersen added.