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Former England head coach Andy Flower has announced that captain Alastair Cook should continue leading the national team, despite his recent struggles with the bat.
Cook has been heavily criticised after his team were whitewashed 5-0 by Australia in the last Ashes series.
The criticisms became much worse last month when England were beaten 1-0 by Sri Lanka in a two-Test series.
“It seems to be forgotten that this is a young man who has done some extraordinary things for himself and for his country,” Flower told The Sunday Telegraph. “He has scored the most Test centuries for his country – that in itself is an amazing achievement, and he’s got so much more left to give.
“He’s got the most one-day wins of any England captain. He’s led the side to an astounding Test victory in India. He has led the England side to a 3-0 Test victory against Australia.”
Flower also believes that the critics are being too harsh on Cook, who has failed to score a Test century in 24 innings.
“He is an outstanding cricketer and we, the English public, should be proud of having Alastair Cook as one of our own,” Flower said. “They should not be duped into thinking otherwise by those that have the platform to shout loudest.
“He would still acknowledge he is learning all the time. But who of us isn’t learning? I know I’ve learnt a hell of a lot in the last couple of years and I’m 46.
“Who are the ignorant ones? Is it a guy like Alastair or is it the people who keep making the same mistakes over and over again in their lives?”