England v India: Alastair Cook admits captaincy doubts

England v India: Alastair Cook admits he did question his role as captain before a 266-run win in the third Test

By Sam Rogers

Alastair Cook admitted questioning his role as England captain during his lean spell of form but believed he “could not live with” walking away from the job.

The 29-year-old started the third Test at Southampton with his side on a 10-match winless run and painfully short of runs as his captaincy was being increasingly questioned.

To throw it away just as it gets really tough. I couldn’t live with that decision at that time

Alastair Cook

Innings of 95 and 70 from the Essex man turned things around and set up his side for an emphatic 266-run win over India to level the five match series 1-1.

“I still feel as if I have a lot to give,” Cook told BBC Sport.

“It’s a great job to have, the England captaincy. To throw it away just as it gets really tough. I couldn’t live with that decision at that time.

While Cook did silence some critics with his runs at the Ageas Bowl, he remains without a Test century in 29 innings, but believes his role as captain will thrive when he is scoring runs.

“It’s always hard as a captain… you’re saying stuff you’re not backing up yourself,” Cook added.

“Hopefully the guys respect me enough in the dressing room.

“It makes it easier when you score runs, you have more authority and that’s what leadership is, leading from the front.”

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