‘Desperate’ Cook wants to set the tone


England captain Alastair Cook says he is 'desperate' to break his run-scoring drought and score big runs for his team when they take on West Indies in the second Test in Grenada on Tuesday.

Cook again failed with the bat in the first Test in Antigua, scoring 11 and 13, as his team had to settle for a draw as the Windies batted out the final day.

With the three-match series still at nil-all, opener Cook wants to set the tone at the start of the innings and maybe go on to score his first Test century in nearly two years.

Cook told reporters on the eve of the second Test: "You ask how keen I am, it's a pretty silly question in that sense, but [I am] desperate at the top of the order to set the tone well.

"It's always important, every time you play for England as a top-order batter it's great to score runs and help England win.

"I have been lucky that I have had a very simple game plan on the mental side throughout my career and it definitely works. I am a resilient guy who can try and play each ball on its merits for a long period of time, that is kind of what my success has been built on so that hasn't changed."