Cook’s captaincy will be in jeopardy if his form with the bat doesn’t improve, says Michael Atherton

"Losing games and not scoring runs is a bad combination for Alastair Cook – it’s not a combination a captain can survive too long"

“Losing games and not scoring runs is a bad combination for Alastair Cook – it’s not a combination a captain can survive too long”

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Former England captain Michael Atherton has announced that Alastair Cook’s captaincy will be in jeopardy if his form with the bat fails to improve.

Atherton’s comments come after Cook has only scored 78 runs in four innings at a dismal average of 19.50 in the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka.

“England will probably lose this game and the captaincy will be high on the list [for discussion] over the next few days,” Atherton told Sky Sports. “Losing games and not scoring runs is a bad combination for Alastair Cook – it’s not a combination a captain can survive too long.

“If England lose this game then that will be six defeats in the last seven Test matches if you take the Ashes into account as well – two series defeats including the first ever defeat against Sri Lanka at home – added to which is his own personal form, which is poor.

“It has been on the slide for some time now – both the Ashes at home last year, which England obviously won, and then the Ashes away and now Sri Lanka – there has been a repetitive theme where the bowlers are bowling at him and he’s really struggling.

“So a combination of both those factors – losing matches and not getting runs – is a dangerous one for a captain.”

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