Cook ready to take Strauss captaincy
Tuesday 27 October 2009
Alastair Cook has admitted he is willing to step into the England captaincy should Andrew Strauss be rested for the tour of Bangladesh next spring.
Strauss has indicated he may miss the month-long tour of the sub-Continent, which is sandwiched between the upcoming trip to South Africa and another busy summer schedule.
Should Strauss opt out Cook, 24, would be his obvious replacement after being handed the vice-captaincy 10 months ago - in the wake of the public falling out between Kevin Pietersen and Peter Moores that cost them their jobs.
Cook, who has played 48 Tests for England at the top of the order, admitted he has thought about the prospect of leading his country, but would not be disappointed should he be overlooked.
"There has been talk that Andrew Strauss might take the Bangladesh tour off next March," he told The Daily Telegraph. "Hypothetically, if it was the case, I'd love to give the captaincy a go but it's not my only goal in cricket.
"It's not like I won't be able to sleep at night if it doesn't happen."
England will play two Tests and three one-day internationals against Bangladesh, just over a month after they return from their tour to South Africa, which begins on Sunday.
Cook believes the lower-profile trip to Bangladesh could provide the ideal opportunity to hone his skills as a leader, admitting he has had little need to do so during his international career to date.
The Essex left-hander added: "You never know how you'll cope but ideally I'd probably want to have more experience of captaincy at county level before I did it.
"But I've been with England since I was 21, so I haven't had much chance to do that.
"As yet, the vice-captaincy hasn't added any pressure. It's very easy in cricket to become self-obsessed, especially us batsmen.
"So being forced to think about other players and issues can be a help."
Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: Compare the Barcelona and Real Madrid players in El Clasico
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo
Tim Sherwood: The mavericks have always needed special handling – but Balotelli is not delivering his side of the bargain for Liverpool
Manchester United vs Chelsea: Modesty of Louis van Gaal makes nice contrast with his old pupil Jose Mourinho
Real Madrid analysis: Toni Kroos control may give extra edge that enables Real Madrid to retain Champions League crown
- 1 Revolutionary lost Caravaggio painting 'Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy' identified
- 2 McKamey Manor: This 'extreme' haunted house is the stuff of nightmares
- 3 Russell Brand says he will 'probably' give up acting to focus on his revolution
- 4 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 5 David Beckham's Haig Club whisky is exactly what’s wrong with the Highlands
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Tony Blair 'says Ed Miliband will lose 2015 general election'
Putin: The US is to blame for almost all the world's major conflicts