Cook yet to de­cide on Eng­land fu­ture

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Eng­land cap­tain Alas­tair Cook has not made any de­ci­sion on whether to con­tinue in the job, the 31-year-old said af­ter his team’s 4-0 se­ries loss against In­dia yes­ter­day. Cook landed in In­dia with spec­u­la­tion about the po­si­tion he has held since 2012 and the crush­ing de­feat in In­dia will only strengthen calls for him to hand over the test cap­taincy to Joe Root.

“This is not the place to be ask­ing me th­ese ques­tions,” Cook told Sky Sports af­ter his team lost the fifth and fi­nal test by an in­nings and 75 runs in Chen­nai.

“I have got to go away and do some think­ing, get back home and do it with­out the emo­tive side of what’s hap­pened over the last nine weeks,” he said af­ter the de­feat which pushed Eng­land down from sec­ond to fifth in the world rank­ings.

Eng­land’s loss was all the more frus­trat­ing for Cook as the tourists won the toss in four of the five tests and were not made to play on the spin-friendly pitches which In­dia rolled out to South Africa last year.

“It’s been a se­ries of missed op­por­tu­ni­ties, in terms of catches that cost us,” Cook said. “Not be­ing able to score enough runs and take enough wick­ets, it’s a tough dress­ing-room to be in. We tried as hard as we can but it wasn’t good enough.”

Eng­land’s sloppy field­ing al­lowed Karun Nair to hit a marathon 303 not out which set the tone for In­dia’s com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory in the fi­nal test.

“It was a game of missed op­por­tu­ni­ties. We kept drop­ping vi­tal chances and In­dia kept pun­ish­ing us.

“Credit to (In­dia cap­tain) Vi­rat (Kohli), they’ve out­played us. It’s a hard thing to say as a pro­fes­sional be­cause you al­ways think you are bet­ter than the op­po­si­tion but we haven’t been so here.”— Reuters

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