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England wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior has announced that captain Alastair Cook is the right man to lead the team, despite their poor run of form as of late.
Cook’s captaincy has been a hot topic ever since his side were whitewashed 5-0 by Australia in the last Ashes series.
However, after losing 1-0 to Sri Lanka in the recently concluded two-Test series, it has become all anyone can talk about.
“We back Cookie all the way, he’s a fantastic leader in the dressing room and he’s a fantastic bloke,” Prior told Sky Sports. “I think that what he said yesterday was absolutely right, he’s a very proud man and he is very committed to doing the job and captaining England for as long as he‘s asked to.
“He’s not going to give up and nor should he. One of Cookie’s big things is that he wants to be proud and he wants to be proud of the England cricket team and that also falls on to the player’s shoulders as well.
“The other senior players to help lead the group and to play a type of cricket that England supporters and fans can be proud of but ultimately winning games of cricket as well. Certainly, we’ve got to support Cookie and back him up and that starts on the pitch.”
Prior also revealed that pace bowler James Anderson was “distraught” after being dismissed on the penultimate ball of the second Test at Headingley.
“He was pretty distraught, Jimmy played a wonderful role there to get us so close and to not be able to take that final step to get over the line was very disappointing,” Prior said. “I think what it showed was the passion and commitment we have in the dressing room, every player playing for England knows the honour and the responsibility you have with an England shirt on and we definitely take that on and I think that’s what Jimmy showed yesterday with his passion and commitment in playing for England.”
Prior also lauded all-rounder Moeen Ali for his maiden Test century.
“On Moeen Ali, I thought it was a phenomenal innings,” he said. “For a guy to be playing in his second Test match to play an innings like that – it’s the kind of knock that you would expect from somebody who has played 100 Test matches and it just bodes really well for the future.”