Moores: Struggling Cook must 'stay strong'

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England head coach Peter Moores has continued to put his faith in captain Alastair Cook, despite the opener's continued lack of form with the bat in the first Test against India.

England head coach Peter Moores has continued to put his faith in captain Alastair Cook, despite the opener's continued lack of form with the bat in the first Test against India.

Cook is nearing 30 innings without a Test century, and was again under the pump at Trent Bridge, scoring just five runs before being bowl around his legs. The match ended in a draw, with Cook taking a maiden Test wicket.

The second Test starts at Lord's this week, and Moores is sure Cook will be up to the task at the Home of Cricket, as England look to break their run of nine Tests without a win.

Moores said ahead of the Lord's encounter: "It is a tough time when you are not getting runs. But Alastair is a tough player, as he has shown throughout his career.

"It is a five-match series, and in a five-match series I expect Alastair to come through strongly, because he is a top-flight player.He has to stay strong.

"He has been through this situation before, and that is what makes great Test players – they can ride through it and come back strong.

"He will be very keen to put his mark on Lord's."

England last played a Test at Lord's a month ago, against Sri Lanka, and Cook scored 17 and 28. Before that, they faced Australia there in the Ashes, and Cook again failed to fire, making 12 and eight.

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