Cook quells captaincy resignation talk


Alastair Cook has quelled suggestions he will resign as England captain after the Test series against India.

Cook will surpass Michael Atherton's all-time record when he skippers England for the 55th time in the opening Test in Rajkot on Wednesday.

However, suggestions it could be the 31-year-old's last series as captain emerged following a candid interview with The Cricketer.

Cook told the magazine: "Deep down I don't know how much longer I am going to carry on.

"It could be two months, it could be a year. I do look forward to the day when hopefully I can play a Test match as just a batter, there's no doubt about that.

"If that happens I am going to really enjoy standing at first slip and being the bloke who makes suggestions to whoever's in charge and not being the bloke who has to make the final decision.

"It makes me feel very satisfied that I've been able to do it for a long period of time and I've had a really good crack at it."

But on the eve of the first Test, Cook insisted he had simply offered a sincere response to a difficult question.

The captain suggested his comments had been blown out of proportion and his plans for the future have not changed.

"I was giving an honest answer to a question which is quite hard to answer," Cook told a pre-match news conference.

"When someone says how long do you see yourself captaining for, you don't really know, do you?

"I've been very open with you guys and with [director of England cricket] Andrew Strauss and said we'll take every series as it comes.

"So when someone asks you how long you'll go on for, I said I don't know, it might be two months which will be the end of this series, or it might be six months, or two years.

"The headline's been made, but it wasn't intentional. It will be a series-by-series judgment and always had been."

Cook will open alongside debutant Haseeb Hameed in the first Test, with Ben Duckett moving to number four and Gary Ballance dropping out of the side.