Without many doubts, one can come to a conclusion that the Ashes 2013/14 in Australia and the India tour of 2016 are the most embarrassing defeats forEngland under Alastair Cook’s captaincy. Former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott had some very harsh words to say to the English skipper.
Boycott feels this is the time for Cook to make a decision, wither to step and pass on the captaincy duties to someone else (most likely candidate Joe Root) or he should stop hinting the press that might quit captaincy.
“But he should make the decision to resign as captain and stop hinting. End the speculation. He is telling us that the captaincy has tired him out mentally and he has had enough. If that is the case then he should go, which would give Root seven Test matches in England to get used to the job before taking the team to Australia,” Boycott wrote in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald.
“As captain, Cook was cautious and conservative. That does not make him a bad captain or bad guy. He is a good person, an excellent batsman and it will be a sad day for English cricket if he is not our opening batsman in the northern summer or at the Ashes,” he added.
Boycott also highlighted a fact that Cook and co failed to impress despite of winning 4 tosses out of the five occasions.
“Cook won four tosses in India and still lost the series badly. That tells me everything. The opportunity to bat first and score big runs when the pitch is at its best is priceless in India. With England having an abundance of quality fast-medium bowlers they talked themselves into believing that England could play to their strengths and pick plenty of seamers in each Test. That was a mistake and left the team lopsided, with too many seamers under-bowled,” He said.