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Struggling Cook is still right man to lead England, insists Farbrace

By David Clough

England insist they want Alastair Cook to stay on as captain up to and including next winter's Ashes. The clamour for change from outside the England camp has become deafening, but assistant coach Paul Farbrace is voicing unequivocal backing on behalf of all the players and management staff on the tour of India which ended in a 4-0 defeat.

           

Cook is considering his future beyond the record 59 Tests in which he has led his country before a meeting in the New Year with England and Wales Cricket director Andrew Strauss.

"If he chooses to step down that would be a shame because we want him to carry on," said Farbrace. "When you lose a series 4-0, of course people will talk about the leadership.

"We would all be having a think about what we can do better. But there's nobody looking round the dressing room thinking, 'I wonder who's in charge?'. It's very clear who's in charge."

Farbrace acknowledges it is possible England may have to get used to a change of leader, with vice-captain Joe Root the only feasible alternative - but that is not his preferred option.

He said: "He still has the support of the team, he's a popular bloke and popular captain. There's nothing in this series that suggests he's lost his way."

Until the man himself or Strauss tells anyone different, it will be full steam ahead for captain Cook Down Under again.

Farbrace added: "The most important thing is that Cookie will make the decision based on what's right for England, not what's right for Alastair Cook."

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