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Alistair Cook's return for Bangladesh Tests a family decision

By David Clough

Published 19/10/2016

England cricket captain Alastair Cook
England cricket captain Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook felt a responsibility to lead England in Bangladesh, even though the decision meant leaving his newborn daughter and family behind.

The England captain became a father for the second time over the weekend as wife Alice gave birth to another baby girl, but the opportunity to celebrate the latest addition to their family was all too brief.

Cook was back in Bangladesh on Monday, having travelled to the country during the one-day series to get acclimated, before flying home to attend the birth of his child, and will become England's most capped Test player in Chittagong this week.

He said: "It doesn't make you feel the best husband or father in the world leaving only 18 hours after the birth but we are here and you have to get stuck in.

"I am really looking forward to playing the game because there is no point moping around. It is a very privileged position to captain or play for your country so that is why we made the decision as a family for me to come back."

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