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Former England captain Alec Stewart has announced that current skipper Alastair Cook needs to find a way to regain his form with the bat if he is to hold on to his captaincy.
Stewart’s comments come after Cook averaged 19.50 during England’s 1-0 loss to Sri Lanka in their recently concluded two-Test series.
“When I used to get criticised, I actually used to read it because I used to try and prove people wrong, try and be thick-skinned, take it on board,” Stewart told Sky Sports. “I was aware that a lot of people that write things, their knowledge is limited and if it came from a former player, yes you may take a little bit more notice of it.
“But you’d still take more notice of the dressing-room, the players that you’re playing with and the coaches who are coaching or the managers that are managing.”
When asked if he agreed with former batsman Kevin Pietersen’s assessment of the team being unhappy, Stewart said: “When you haven’t won – and they haven’t won now, what for eight Test matches I think – it’s not going to be the happiest place in the world.
“And that’s any dressing-room – not just the England dressing-room, not just under Alastair Cook – that’s any dressing-room in any sport.
“You want to win and when you win that breeds confidence and that brings better team togetherness. When you’re losing, you’ll work hard and all those things, but there won’t be quite as many smiles on people’s faces. So I don’t think it’ll be disjointed in any shape or form. Again, it’s an outsider looking in.
“But I can tell what – if Alastair Cook scores runs and England get a win, all this chat will stop. But until that happens, people [will] continue to offer opinions.”