Cook keen to stay in charge

Alastair Cook insists he wants to remain England captain as the team look to avoid a 5-0 Ashes series whitewash in Australia (England 7/2 to win the fifth Ashes Test).

The visiting skipper has overseen a disastrous Ashes tour in which Australia have convincingly won every single match. They now take a 4-0 lead going into the final Test next week, with Michael Clarke and Co heading to Sydney as massive 8/11 favourites to win again.

There has been widespread criticism of the England side, with the senior pairing of Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell being accused of underperformance in the series, along with Cook.

Not only have the latter’s performances been questioned, but his role as captain has also been scrutinised, with the 29-year-old making some puzzling tactical decisions as Australia cantered to their target of 231 on the fourth day of the fourth Test at the MCG.

Cook opted to remove his most threatening bowler, Stuart Broad, from the attack after just two overs, one of which had brought an edge. He then gave part-time spinner Joe Root a spell long before turning to specialist Monty Panesar.

The pressure is really beginning to mount on the skipper and a loss in Sydney could spell the end, with Broad and Bell the early front runners if the current captain was to get the axe.

However, despite the negative media attention surrounding the former Ashes holders, Cook is still adamant he wants to stay on and is hoping to claim a win in the final Test.

“I’m desperately trying to use as much of my experience of playing 100 Tests as I can to help turn this team around,” he said.

“I know that it starts with a lot of hard work and it starts with a performance or two that we jump on the back of.

“But if someone says there’s a better man for the job, then I have to take that on the chin.”

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