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Alistair Cook says now not time to talk captaincy

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 00:25

England captain Alistair Cook says now not time to talk captaincy after his side loses 4-0 in India test.

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SHOWS: CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA (DECEMBER 20, 2016) (ANI - NO ACCESS BBC) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND CAPTAIN, ALASTAIR COOK, SAYING: "It's the wrong time to make those decisions because energy is low, morale is low, and you can make some foolish decisions at that time. While there is not a test match for seven months it will seem very foolish to stand here now and make a decision which either you regret or you don't." STORY: More than the series win it was the nature of the victories that pleased India captain Virat Kohli most after his side completed a 4-0 triumph over England with another comprehensive victory in the final match on Tuesday (December 20). Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja bowled India to an innings and 75-run victory at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, claiming seven of the 10 English wickets that tumbled in the final two sessions. India, the world's top-ranked test side, have often been accused of bullying visiting opponents on pitches tailor-made for their spinners, but the surfaces during the series against England have been deemed fair by critics and Kohli lost four of the five tosses. The touring side scored 400 and 477 in their first innings' in Mumbai and Chennai respectively but lost on both occasions by over an innings. Along with the margin of victory, Kohli said he was pleased with the crowd-pleasing nature of India's play. "The kind of cricket we play as a side, we always play for results and that's something that the crowd always want to see. They want to see test matches getting to a conclusion, not ending in boring draws and stuff like that," he said. "That's something the crowd wants to see and that's the kind of cricket that we have provided over the past few months. That's why we see so many people coming and want to watch this Indian team play, because they understand what they going to get on field, it's not going to be the kind of cricket that's not going to take the game anywhere, it's going to be played with a vision to win." While Kohli celebrated a comprehensive series win England captain Alastair Cook said he would take some time to decide whether he wants to step down from the captaincy. "It's the wrong time to make those decisions because energy is low, morale is low, and you can make some foolish decisions at that time. While there is not a test match for seven months it will seem very foolish to stand here now and make a decision which either you regret or you don't," he said. Cook landed in India amid much 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. One of the major differences between the teams was the quality of the spin bowling, with both Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja put on match winning performances for the home side. "(I) really don't want to be disrespectful I would quite like to captain Ashwin (and) Jadeja on these wickets. Please don't write that horribly to anyone because everyone can see India has slightly strong spinners than we do," he said. India lost fast bowler Mohammed Shami and Vice Captain Ajinkya Rahane to injuries during the series while a few other first-choice players were also ruled out with knocks at various points. But the replacements proved more than capable with man-of-the-match Karun Nair scoring an unbeaten 303 to guide India to a record total of 759 for seven in the final test.

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Alistair Cook says now not time to talk captaincy

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 00:25