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Cook considers future as captain after England routs

By Chris Stocks

Alastair Cook has admitted he is no longer sure he is the right man to captain England after his side suffered their second successive innings loss to India to slump to a 4-0 series defeat.

England were routed for 207 in their second innings in Chennai as left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja took a career-best seven for 48 to propel the hosts to victory by an innings and 75 runs.

The tourists have lost five of their seven Tests on the sub-continent over nine weeks having drawn 1-1 in Bangladesh before this. This latest humiliation came eight days after they lost by an innings and 36 runs in Mumbai.

The nature of this defeat has been brutal, Cook's side losing their final six wickets for 15 runs a day after India plundered 759 for seven declared - the most runs England have ever conceded in a single Test innings.

It means Cook is now considering his position after more than four years leading the side.

The Essex opener, who celebrates his 32nd birthday on Christmas Day, will meet with Andrew Strauss, England's Director of Cricket, in the second week of January to thrash out his future.

"I've got to go away and do some thinking," he said. "This is not the right time to make decisions as big as that. I need to go home first, enjoy Christmas as much as I can and then come back in January and look to plan with Straussy and see what's the right decision for English cricket.

"I've got to go away and decide whether I am the right man to take England forward. It's the wrong time to make those decisions as energy is low, morale is low and you can make foolish decisions at those times."

Asked how he is feeling after this series defeat, Cook added: "It's tough, it's been a tough tour. When you lose it becomes very hard and it can be a lonely place.

"We weren't good enough or skilful enough to stop that momentum. So, yes, it's tough.

"Blood sweat and tears went into this tour but the bottom line is that we weren't good enough.

"It's been a frustrating year and to lose that many times with the players we've got is disappointing."

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