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Under fire, Cook finds much-needed support

Underfire Alastair Cook might be pondering about his future as Test captain after the 4-0 series drubbing in India, but England’s assistant coach Paul Farbrace said the entire team is behind the lanky opener and wants him to be in charge for next winter’s Ashes series.

Under fire, Cook finds much-needed support
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Farbrace is confident that Cook will make his decision on captaincy keeping the team in mind. “We’ve planned, and have been planning, for Cooky to be captain going to the Ashes in Australia next winter,” said Farbrace. “Personally, I hope that continues. We know he still has the support of the team, and he’s a very popular bloke and very popular captain,” he was quoted as saying by ‘The Guardian’ newspaper. “He’s got that decision to make – and as he said before the series started, he and Straussy (Andrew Strauss) will sit down in the new year and have a conversation about the way forward. The most important thing is that Cooky will make the decision based on what’s right for England cricket, not what’s right for Alastair Cook.” The 4-0 defeat in India means England have lost six of their last eight Tests under Cook.

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