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‘Cook should be part of rebuilding’

Sydney: Under-fire skipper Alastair Cook should remain and become part of England’s team rebuilding in the wake of their Ashes series humiliation, former captain Graham Gooch said on Saturday.

All positions in England’s demoralised team and back-room staff are expected to come under review at the end of the series. But Gooch, the team’s batting coach, backed Cook to be part of the solution to England’s malaise.

“He (Cook) is not contributing the weight of runs that we have come to expect from him. He’s not been at his best and he’s been under pressure from the Australian bowlers. But he’s still delivered a little bit,” Gooch said.

“Ultimately, the individual is the only one who can make that decision, but for me he’s still a guy who is learning and who should be there when some kind of rebuilding takes place.”

Gooch said it was not the weight of responsibility of captaincy that contributed to Cook’s abject dismissal on Saturday.

“He made an error in judgement, which happens to any batsman. It’s particularly poignant when it happens like that at the beginning of the day when you’re trying to set the tone and lead from the front,” he said.

“Alastair’s a guy who likes to lead from the front, especially with the willow (bat). So it was not a great start.

“I wouldn’t say he made that mistake purely as captain and under pressure. But it’s been a problem for us all through the tour.

Gooch said there will be a team rebuilding process after the tour. “We’ll have to have a look at it and see if there’s a better way or the powers that be will definitely be reviewing everybody. So we’ll all be under scrutiny,” he said.