Cook gave thought to quitting captaincy

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England Test and ODI captain Alastair Cook has admitted he considered giving up the job in the wake of the dire tour to Australia, but stuck with it upon the advice of fellow players and the ECB.

England Test and ODI captain Alastair Cook has admitted he considered giving up the job in the wake of the dire tour to Australia, but stuck with it upon the advice of fellow players and the ECB.

With England losing nearly every match on the tour, including the five Ashes Tests, and with Cook in poor form with the bat, he said he sat down and though about his position, but was persuaded to stay.

While head coach Andy Flower was shown the door, as well as batting coach Graham Gooch recently, Cook was given solid backing by his bosses, and installed alongside new coach Peter Moores.

Cook said ahead of the ODI against Scotland in Aberdeen: "I was asked about (my future) after Sydney and after a long, gruelling winter, I gave it consideration. I think it would be wrong if I didn't.

"We'd lost a lot of games and we hadn't played to the standard that side was capable of, and the stuff we were doing was not making a difference.

"If you don't question your position as leader then, you never will.

"It was nice that the guys I spoke to, other members of the side, were very supportive and that's good to hear. I spoke to Stuart Broad and Ravi Bopara and they said 'no, you must carry on'.

"The ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board), since Paul Downton's come in, they've backed me and we've got to justify that confidence.

"It's a great honour to captain England, when we walk out at the venues and they announce the England (team) led by me it's a great feeling. But you've got to be winning games of cricket."

Cook has been out of the international fold since the end of that tour earlier in the year, doing some farming and spending time with his young family. Bunt his form with the bat since the start of the domestic season has been impressive, with the Tests against Sri Lanka coming up in June.

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