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Moores backs Alastair

Leeds: England coach Peter Moores has insisted he won’t be a party to taking the captaincy off Alastair Cook in a bid to get the opener back to his best form with the bat.

But Moores said there was no question of Cook giving up the leadership of the side, even on a temporary basis, ahead of the start of next month’s five-Test series at home to India.

“No, it wouldn’t cross my mind,” Moores said Wednesday. “The key here is, does Alastair want to captain England? Yes, he desperately does want to.”

After their 0-5 Ashes thrashing in Australia, England installed a new managing director in Paul Downton, a new chairman of selectors in James Whitaker and recalled Moores for a second spell as head coach.

However, all three insisted it was vital Cook remained as England captain.