Alastair Cook

Cook insists England has moved on from controversy over KP's autobiography

Alastair CookJohannesburg, Nov 15 : England cricket captain Alastair Cook has insisted that the controversy over sacked batsman Kevin Pietersen's autobiography had been well and truly in the past for his side ahead of their ODI series in Sri Lanka.

England fly out on Sunday for a seven-match series designed as part of their preparations for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. They do so with the uproar caused by Pietersen's book having just about died down since it was launched in a blaze of publicity last month.

Vaughan adamant Cook must quit ODI captaincy for England to win WC

Michael VaughanJohannesburg, Sep 04 - Former England skipper Michael Vaughan once again called for the sacking of current captain Alastair Cook, saying that he must be removed from the nation's ODI captaincy if they are to have any chance of winning the next year's World Cup.

England's humiliating nine-wicket ODI defeat by India at Edgbaston on Tuesday, a result that saw the world champions take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in a five-match series and win with nearly 20 overs to spare, was the final straw for Vaughan.

Veteran cricketers slams England's ODI approach as 'old fashioned'

Alastair-CookLondon, Sep 3 : England served up one of their worst ever one day performances, facing a nine-wicket defeat against India.

As captain, Alastair Cook is the lightning rod for the abject failure that is going on around him and after overseeing an utter shambles of a performance at Edgbaston, his position is even weaker.

However England's loss to India to complete a series defeat was so bad that it is no longer a question of personnel that needs changing - it is a complete overhaul of their attitude and approach, the Mirror reported.

Cook faces one match ban after England fined for slow over-rate in ODI against India

Alastair-CookLondon, Aug 28 : England captain Alastair Cook is reportedly on the brink of a one-match ban after his side was fined for a slow over-rate in the ODI against India in Cardiff.

Cook had been fined 20 percent of his match fee with the other England players fined 10 percent of their match fees. The skipper would face a ban if England repeats the offence in ODI cricket during the next 12 months, The BBC reported.

India beat England by 133 runs in the second one-dayer at Cardiff and lead the five-match series 1-0 after the first ODI at Bristol was abandoned without any play because of rain.

Did not expect that we will win so emphatically: Cook

England skipper Alastair CookLondon - England skipper Alastair Cook expressed his surprise in the manner his side were able to overturn the Lord`s result and then win three consecutive Tests to steamroll India en route their 3-1 series win.

India lost the fifth and final Test at the Oval by an innings and 244 runs, succumbing in less than three days.

"I remember saying, when we were 1-0 down, that I still thought we were going to win the series. I had a lot of confidence in the talent and amount of skill we had in the dressing-room. I didn`t think we`d win quite so emphatically, as we have done," said Cook after the match.

Alastair Cook delighted to return among runs

Alastair CookSouthampton: England captain Alastair Cook was a relieved man after finally striking form to end a prolonged lean run even though he was disappointed not to get a hundred on the opening day of the third Test against India here.

Cook missed out on his 26th Test century by just five runs but the English skipper said even though it was frustrating he was delighted to get out of poor form.

Cook marked his return to form with a dogged 95 while youngster Gary Ballance (104 not out) hit his second successive century as England reached a comfortable 247 for two against India on the opening day.

Cook will never improve as a player, says Ponting

Ricky-PontingKarachi, July 22 : Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has written the England cricket team Captain off by stating that Alastair Cook will never improve as a player for the rest of his career.

According to the Dawn, the backlash comes at a time when the England skipper is already under fire from all sides for his poor form and performance. The loss suffered by England at the hands of India at Lord's on Monday made it the 10th successive test match that the team has lost in the recent times. England cricket team's ten losses are being dubbed as their worst stint in the format in the last 21 years.

Cook rubbishes India's claim against Anderson, calls it 'a tactic'

England Captain Alastair CookLondon, July 17 - England Captain Alastair Cook has rubbished India's claim that James Anderson had pushed and abused Ravindra Jadeja and called it a tactic to disconcert Anderson.

Anderson was accused of misbehavior after the incident during the drawn first Test.

Cook also remarked that they could not let India's tactic be any distraction for their team.

Jadeja was also charged under the International Cricket Council's (ICC) code of conduct.

The England and Wales Cricket Board had sent a level two counter-accusation against Jadeja to the ICC.

Criticism on Alastair Cook motivates teammates to do better

Alastair-CookLondon, June 30 : The criticism on England captain Alastair Cook is bringing his team mates together to produce a winning performance against India.

England bosses are now convinced that the squad is behind Cook and are determined to give their hundred percent against India to help the captain come out of the strong criticism.

There are plenty around the team who were left stunned at the level of the attack launched by Shane Warne and Kevin Pietersen.

Meanwhile, teammates are supporting the captain and showing faith in him.

Cook to sit out of West Indies tour, Broad to captain England side

Alastair-CookLondon, Jan 27 : Following a disastrous loss in the final one-day international against Australia, skipper Alastair Cook will sit out of England's limited-overs tour of West Indies as the team prepare for the Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh in March.

Cook, who does not play the T20 format for England, will not be part of the squad to the Caribbean during which the visitors will play three ODIs and three T20 matches, starting February 28.

Cook denied captaining the side during the West Indies tour, and said the next six weeks would be great for them to start building the team.

Captaincy saved underperformer Cook from axe

Alastair-CookMelbourne, Jan 16 : Alastair Cook, who has scored just 246 runs in 10 innings during the Ashes, and was dismissed for four as England were beaten by Australia in the first of five one-day internationals, has been able to retain his place in the squad just because of captaincy, coach Ashley Giles put the entire England team on notice.

Pacer Finn was sent home from England's tour of Australia on Wednesday.

Explaining the decision to send 24-year-old Finn home, England one-day coach Ashley Giles said the player was not selectable at the moment and leaving was for his own good.

Flower backs 'under-pressure' Cook to remain as England captain despite 4-0 Ashes loss

Andy-Flower-Alastair-CookLondon, Dec 31 : England coach Andy Flower has backed under-pressure Alastair Cook to remain as the captain of the beleaguered side, which has lost the Ashes 4-0 following the Boxing Day Test defeat.

Cook's position was called into question for the first time following the devastating eight-wicket loss in Melbourne.

Cook says England prepared for third Ashes Test

Alastair-CookPerth, Dec 12 : England captain Alastair Cook said Thursday his team is keen to do well in the third Ashes cricket test against Australia here starting Friday.

England lost the first two Test matches in Brisbane and Adelaide and trail 0-2 in the five-match series, reports Xinhua.

Cook said his squad had worked hard for the coming Test matches and thought that the team was prepared.

"Our confidence has obviously had a hit from the first two Test matches," Cook told local media Thursday.

"But as a squad we've made a conscious effort to look forward rather than back."

Cook calls on England to 'look into inner souls' to stop Ashes 'slide'

Alastair-CookLondon, Dec 9 : England captain Alastair Cook has called on his team to look into their inner souls to stop the Ashes slide, according to reports.

According to the Daily Star, Cook pointed out that England needs to look hard into themselves, deep into the inner soul and drag the performance required.

He added that a 2-0 lead is not insurmountable and it is a bit like football because if they get the next goal, it can be vital.

England lost their last four wickets quickly on a dank final morning, despite a return to form for Matt Prior (69), the report said.

Cook suggests Bresnan might be fit for Ashes opener in Brisbane

Alastair CookLondon, Oct 27  : England captain Alastair Cook has hinted that all-rounder Tim Bresnan might be fit for the first Ashes Test against Australia, which starts on 21 November.

According to the BBC, Bresnan has not played since the Durham Test at the start of August with a stress fracture in his lower back.

Cook said that Bresnan would obviously have to have some bowling in matches before he goes into a Test match if possible.

'Millionaires' Cook and Co. get new central contracts ahead of winter Ashes

Alastair CookLondon, Oct 23 : England captain Alastair Cook has reportedly signed a 12-month central contract worth almost a million pounds, along with a team of eleven core players, including star batsman Kevin Pietersen , who will head to Australia on Wednesday to prepare for the first leg of their winter Ashes tour.

Experienced players on the top band of the Lord's pay scale who play Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20 will be nudging one million pounds-a-year under the incremental agreement which will run until October 2019, finally giving them wage parity with their Australian counterparts.

Cook backs England's pace bowlers to help retain Ashes in Australia

Cook backs England's pace bowlers to help retain Ashes in AustraliaLondon, Oct 13 - England captain Alastair Cook has backed his pace bowlers to help retain the Ashes when they play in Australia at the end of next month.

According to Metro. co. uk, England have only just claimed a 3-0 series victory over Australia but will begin another Ashes campaign against Michael Clarke's side next month.

Cook sends rallying cry to Eng players to cement ‘top dog’ status against India

Cook sends rallying cry to Eng players to cement ‘top dog’ status against India London, Jan 11: England captain Alastair Cook has urged his players to cement their number one status in the ICC ODI rankings with a series win against India, starting today in Rajkot.

Cook said England would be recognized as the undisputed champions of fifty-over format only after a series win against India, the Daily Mirror reports.

Technically England is world''s best one-day side albeit by a fraction from South Africa who drew 2-2 with them in the summer.

Cook confident of improving England’s poor record in India

Cook confident of improving England’s poor record in IndiaLondon, Sep 30 : England ODI skipper Alastair Cook is confident his side can end the team's poor record in India in recent times.

Thirteen times the sides have tackled each other on the subcontinent in the past five years and England has triumphed just once in 2006.

The India series will be Cook's first major overseas assignment as full-time one-day captain as he will try his best to to beat the world champions on their own turf.

Cook delighted with England''s 2-0 lead in ODI series against India

 Cook delighted with England''s 2-0 lead in ODI series against IndiaLondon, Sep. 10 : England one-day cricket captain Alastair Cook on Friday said that he was delighted with his team''s two nil scoreline in the ongoing one-day series against India.

Addressing a post-match news conference after England beat India by three wickets in a rain affected event, Cook said: "Very delighted to be two-nil up. But we have come here to win the series. So, a very quick turn around till Lords, we have covered it well and it is a big game again at Lords on Sunday."



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