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Pressure mounts on captain Cook

By Chris Stocks

James Anderson believes Alastair Cook will remain as captain beyond the present series despite England slipping to the verge of defeat in the fourth Test in Mumbai.

The tourists still trail India by 49 runs after reaching the close of the fourth day on 182 for six.

Cook has come under the microscope during this series, especially during the 182.3 overs his side spent in the field as India piled up a first innings 631.

With the 31-year-old, who has been in the job for more than four years, discussing his future with Andrew Strauss, England's director of cricket, in the New Year, the opener may decide to relinquish the captaincy and concentrate on his batting.

With England, 2-0 down, almost certain to lose this Test and the series, it might be an opportune moment to stand down.

But asked if he thought Cook would remain, Anderson said: "I've no idea, I hope so. He's still very keen to be England captain as far as I'm aware, I still think he wants to be. I know I'm biased because I'm his friend, but he's still a very good captain."

Virat Kohli's 235 powered his side to a huge total. England were left chasing shadows, especially during Kohli's 241-run eighth-wicket stand with Jayant Yadav, the No9 batsman who made 104 after India resumed the fourth day on 451 for seven.

"We came here thinking if we got three wickets quickly we were in the game," said Anderson. "Unfortunately that didn't happen. It was probably our worst morning of the whole tour from a bowling point of view. We were clawing it back from there."

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