Devastated Alastair Cook was on the brink of quitting captaincy

Sudipta / 16 August 2015

England Ashes-winning captain Alastair Cook had been enduring a difficult time in his career having stripped off the one-day captaincy and dropped from the World Cup squad.

Cook was so much devasted after being dropped from the England’s 2015 ODI World Cup squad that he was considering to quit Test captaincy during England’s tour of West Indies.

He has been brutally criticised for his own form and for the failure of his team. Cook admitted that he almost made his mind quit captaincy during April’s first Test against West Indies.

However, Cook revealed that then head coach Peter Moores convinced him to carry on with the role. Before the start of the Ashes England’s Director of Cricket Andrew Strauss indicated that if England lose the Ashes then the series will be Cook’s last as captain. But, something different has happened as rival captain Michael Clarke declared retirement taking responsibility of Ashes defeat to England.

“I had a big wobble in Antigua (during the first Test) for no apparent reason,” Cook told The Sunday Times.

“Maybe I was showing the effects of what had happened with the one-day captaincy. Right or wrong, that hurt and it was tough for me to take. I was thinking, ‘Am I the right man to lead this tour?’ They hadn’t thought that I was for the World Cup. I came back under pressure. That’s when your character is exposed.”

England have already won the historic Ashes series 3-1 under the leadership of Cook, and now determined to finish the tournament with another win in the final Test at Oval to take the margin to 4-1 to take the revenge of 5-0 whitewash in Australia 18 months ago.

“It shows that you’re still hungry for the fight. The most important thing now is that we try and put in a performance and go 4-1. It would be amazing,” he added.

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