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England captain Alastair Cook has revealed that his wife, Alice, convinced him to carry on leading the national team during some of their toughest days this summer.
Following England’s 1-0 loss to Sri Lanka and after going down 1-0 to India at the end of the second Test at Lord’s, pundits and former players weren’t afraid to call on Cook to resign and focus solely on his batting.
However, Cook refused to quit and ended up leading England to victory in their last three Tests against India to register a convincing 3-1 series win.
“It was the support I had from my wife,” Cook said. “You can bare your soul to Alice and she’s very good at getting you back on the straight and narrow.”
Cook also admitted that losing to Sri Lanka on the penultimate ball of the second Test was gutting and heartbreaking. He added that he experienced the exact same feelings when India beat his side by 95 runs at Lord’s.
“That was a tough night,” Cook conceded. “We’d let a winning position slip. The defeat by India at Lord’s was tough too.
“But I’m quite stubborn, I believe in my ability and I’m a resilient guy…that was when I needed it most. I’m glad I stuck though the tough times, that is what sport is about…it tests your character. To bounce back as a team is a testament to our character too.
“I don’t play this game to prove people right or wrong, I do it to try and win games of cricket for England. I’m here because I’m passionate about English cricket and believe I am the right man to take this team forward.
“I remember saying, when we were 1-0 down, that I still thought we were going to win the series.”
Cook pointed out that England’s 266-run win in the third Test in Southampton ignited the spark that the national team had been desperately searching for all summer long.
“Southampton was clearly a turning point for us, to finally get the win,” he said. “Suddenly after that first day, there was a bit of confidence back in us as a side.”
However, Cook still believes that England’s victory in India at the end of 2012 was much more satisfying since it was their first Test series win in the country for 28 years.
“I still think winning away in India was an amazing achievement, so I’m going to rank that one higher, in my eyes,” he said. “But that still shouldn’t take away from the way we’ve played these last three games.
“English cricket needed a series win, and to deliver it like we have has put a big smile on our faces.”