Trott’s out, now Cook un­der fire

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ENGLISH cricket looks set for a ma­jor shake-up af­ter it’s lat­est cock-up saw them lose to a “medi­ocre” West Indies side.

Bats­man Jonathan Trott has an­nounced his re­tire­ment from Tests af­ter a shock­ing run in the Caribbean — and it looks like he won’t be the only one hang­ing up his boots.

Team boss Peter Moores is also com­ing un­der in­tense pres­sure to fall on his sword be­fore this sum­mer’s Ashes se­ries that in­sid­ers fear could be a blood­bath.

And there are whis­pers about Alas­tair Cook as cap­tain too. Eng­land were shock­ing in the fi­nal Test against the Windies, fall­ing to a com­pre­hen­sive de­feat against a side that has been strug­gling badly in re­cent years.

The Three Li­ons look woe­fully weak in the bat­ting depart­ment and are still re­ly­ing on a creak­ing James An­der­son with the ball.

They seem­ingly can’t find a spin­ner worth the name and there’s a des­per­ate search for some­one to open the bat­ting with Alas­tair Cook. has put his size nines into the de­bate about Eng­land’s fu­ture by blast­ing skip­per Cook.

Boycs, hardly known for his cap­taincy prow­ess him­self, says the left-han­der needs a re­al­ity check.

He raged: “Cook acts as if he is the best cap­tain Eng­land have ever had.

He is living in cloud­cuckoo land about his cap­taincy abil­ity. He thinks he is un­touch­able.”

And Boy­cott isn’t rel­ish­ing the prospect of An­drew Strauss tak­ing the job of manager of Eng­land cricket.

He added: “If that is the best that Tom Har­ri­son, the chief ex­ec­u­tive, can come up with, God help us.

“Why? Be­cause Cook calls him ‘Straussy’, they opened the innings to­gether for a long time, are best mates, shared dress­ing rooms.

“So Cook will be safe and cap­tain for­ever, as will some other play­ers Strauss played along­side. He is too close to the play­ers.”

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