Despite the crushing weight of evidence over the last twelve months to support the assertion that Cook is a disastrous captain, Giles Clarke and co have never wavered in their support for him. He may be inept tactically, weak as a leader and struggling even to justify his place in the team, but he is handsome.
Alastair Cook credited his wife for England's drastic Test turn-around against India as they wrapped up a series win on the
England trounced India by 266 runs to win their first Test match in 352 days at the Ageas Bowl. Moeen Ali took six wickets
It was always Gordon Brown's problem. It's turned out to be Philip Clarke's as well over at Tesco. And, despite his recent runs for England, it may well be Alastair Cook's too. But why are deputies so often such failures? Why, when they have spent years planning their accession and have been positively groomed to take over, do they invariably make such a hash of the top job?
What should worry the mandarins of the game in its country of birth, however, is the complete lack of purpose and direction of the current team. The immediate task for England is simple - do not allow India to win any more tests in the series, and win at least one for itself.
For a man whose batting and captaincy is beginning to resemble the last days of Michael Atherton's ignominious denouement
Under such tremendous scrutiny, the pressure on Cook to perform, both personally and as a leader - a role for which his insular personality seems ill-suited - may be too great. Perhaps, in the modern era, the job of England cricket captain really is impossible.
What the ECB did was wrong. Questions were answered, and I guess they still are, but they've done a disservice to someone that put 110% into England cricket. Regardless of the reports, the text messages, hands down he would be on that team sheet, for his sheer brilliance.
It seems nonsensical that, following a 5-0 humiliation during the worst tour in history, England have discarded their best
Kevin Pietersen's international career came to an end after nine turbulent years, with England's management deciding unanimously