Jonathan Agnew: There are deep concerns about England form

Jonathan Agnew says there are "deep concerns" about England's form as India hold the advantage in the second Test

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Jonathan Agnew says there are “deep concerns” about England’s form as India hold the advantage in the second Test at Lord’s.

Struggling captain Alastair Cook managed only 10 on day two, with England closing on 219-6 in reply to the tourists’ 295.

Everyone I talked to expressed a deep concern for where English cricket finds itself

Jonathan Agnew

And Agnew, 54, says Cook’s stuttering form is only one of a series of problems currently facing England.

“England are a malfunctioning cricket team, with Alastair Cook’s desperate form just one of many problems afflicting the side,” Agnew wrote in a column for BBC Sport.

“I spoke to lots of people in and around Lord’s on Friday, some of whom are involved in the game and others who are simply supporters or observers.

“There are those who think Cook should continue as captain and others who are adamant that he needs a break.

“But almost everyone I talked to expressed a deep concern for where English cricket finds itself and the way this team is going.”

He added: “Cook’s slump is commanding the most attention, of course, and the pressure on the captain will inevitably increase after another failure.”

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