Cook content with competition for places


Alastair Cook believes England's selectors have a tough decision on their hands as they prepare to choose the squad for the upcoming series with Sri Lanka.

England's last Test series ended in triumph, as Cook led his side to an impressive 2-1 victory in South Africa - the Proteas ranked number one in the world at the time.

Their return to action on home soil sees them take on Sri Lanka in a three-match series, starting at Headingley on May 19, and Cook insists nobody can be certain of his place.

"The selectors are meeting on Friday to make a very big call," he told Sky Sports. "The side won in South Africa, a great result to beat the world number one team away from home.

"We've seen winning away from home is a real challenge, when we left there we felt we didn't quite play as well as we liked in certain areas.

"Do you stick with these guys who won or change again? It's a tough call, people have put their names in the hat with runs scored [in county cricket]. I wouldn't want to be the selectors on this one, there are some tough decisions.

"Unfortunately we're going to have to make one change with the devastating news about James Taylor.

"It's an opportunity for someone, and it's an exciting place for English cricket when you can win away from home and there's still places up for grabs.

"People like Sam Robson want another chance, it shows how hungry people are to take people's places and that's the way it should be.

"It's the same with the Twenty20 side, it shows the talent out there."