‘After a long gruelling winter, I gave stepping down consideration’, reveals Alastair Cook

"I chatted a lot to Stuart Broad and Ravi Bopara in particular, and they said 'you must carry on'"

“I chatted a lot to Stuart Broad and Ravi Bopara in particular, and they said ‘you must carry on'”

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England captain Alastair Cook has revealed that he considered stepping down as skipper following the national team’s disastrous tour of Australia.

England were whitewashed 5-0 in the Ashes series and 3-0 in the Twenty20 series, while also being thrashed 4-1 in the ODI series.

“After a long gruelling winter, I gave stepping down consideration,” Cook said. “It would be wrong if I hadn’t. We lost a lot of games and we hadn’t played to the standard the side was capable of. 

“If you don’t question your position at that stage then you never will but the guys I spoke to were great and very supportive. I chatted a lot to Stuart Broad and Ravi Bopara in particular, and they said ‘you must carry on’.

“Paul Downton came into the ECB and backed me too and I want to repay that faith. It’s a huge honour to be captain. I’m very privileged, but you’ve got to be the best man for the job.

“It feels like a new chapter. It’s early days and all new territory and it will take time to settle down but it’s gone well so far.”

However, Cook is determined to turn England’s fortunes around, while scoring a lot runs at the same time. 

“It’s an obvious thing that a captain needs to score runs and in the past I’ve managed to do that,” he said. “Obviously in the last couple of Tests I haven’t but I know I can do it. As a top-order player you’ve got to score runs.”

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