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Sam backs his captain

London: England opener Sam Robson has backed his out-of-form captain Alastair Cook to come good soon, saying it is only a matter of time before the under-fire left-hander strikes form.

It has been 25 innings since Cook scored a century and his captaincy has also come under scanner as England’s winless run extended to nine matches following the draw against India in the first Test at Trent Bridge.

But ahead of the second Test of this five-match series against India starting on Thursday at Lord’s, Robson seemed confidence about his opening partner’s return to runs. “Cook is a world-class player, he’s one of England’s best ever players… No doubt about that… We’re all aware of that,” Robson was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

“All the close followers of the game who know what they’re talking about realise that as well,” he said.

“There is no doubt that runs are not far away for him. “It’s a tough game and it’s easy to get out, and a few things haven’t gone his way in the last couple of Tests from what I can see at the other end. Runs are round the corner for him,” said Robson. (PTI)