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Sunday , July 20 , 2014
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It’s a matter of confidence

Andrew Strauss

London: “It’s a confidence issue with Alastair (Cook) and the best case scenario for England would be for him to again start scoring big runs,” Andrew Strauss, Cook’s predecessor as captain, told The Telegraph.

Speaking at Lord’s, on Saturday afternoon, Strauss added: “Obviously, no captain wants to be a passenger in his team and it does get rather hard if he’s not scoring...

“The longer that Alastair doesn’t score, the bigger the story will become...

“It’s all hypothetical, but I suppose the selectors could discuss alternatives. Two names — Matt Prior and Stuart Broad — come to mind...

“However, Prior himself has issues, of form and fitness. As for Broad, there’s always some injury concern. So, I don’t see a clear alternative.”

According to Strauss, “scrutiny would be there” and comments are bound to be made if a captain-batsman doesn’t score.

Cook has over 8,000 runs in Test cricket (25x100), but his last fifty was back in December. The hundreds haven’t come for 14 months.

No wonder Cook’s under pressure.