Alastair Cook, who took over as England’s Test skipper from Andrew Strauss in 2012, has said that it took up to three years to feel comfortable with the responsibility of the job of England captain.
The left-hander, who needs 36 runs to become the first Englishman past 10,000 in Test cricket, had some torrid time as England captain, particularly after a home defeat by the Sri Lankans two years ago which prompted widespread calls for him to quit.
However, he kept on fighting and led England to an Ashes victory on home soil last year before a rare triumph in South Africa.
“It was a real tough moment for me as a captain, there’s no doubt about that, but I’m glad I hung in there for what’s happened since,” Cook said on Wednesday of their last series against Sri Lanka.
“It’s probably taken me three years to feel comfortable in the job and, hopefully, I can carry on for a bit. “While I’m still enjoying it and while the guys are still responding I’m staying there.”
Talking about the 10000-run mark, Cook said that he is very excited about it and wants to achieve it as soon as possible.
“It would mean a lot and, hopefully, I can get there sooner rather than later so we can talk about something else,” he said.
“It’s a big milestone in terms of the people who have done it previously so it would be great to try and score these 36 runs.
“I’ve just got to try and do what I’ve done in the previous 10 years, which is just try and concentrate on that ball coming down and nothing else.”
Sri Lanka have struggled to cope with the retirements of leading batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, who piled up more than 24,000 runs between them in Test cricket but Cook said that Sri Lanka is a very competitive team and will give the home side a good fight.
“They’re irreplaceable but sides move on and evolve,” Cook said.
“They’ve got a history of punching above their weight and are really, really competitive, no matter what’s gone before.”