Strauss worried about Cook's poor form

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Former England captain Andrew Strauss is worried that his successor, Alastair Cook, is at risk of becoming a 'passenger' in the Test side, as his recent form is starting to make a case for him to be dropped.

Former England captain Andrew Strauss is worried that his successor, Alastair Cook, is at risk of becoming a 'passenger' in the Test side, as his recent form is starting to make a case for him to be dropped.

Cook, who averages just over 46, has not scored a Test ton in over a year. He started this season with twin tons for Essex, but has not carried that form into the national side, which worries Strauss, who retired in 2012.

Cook took over the captaincy when Strauss retired, in August 2012, and Cook's first series as skipper was against India later that year. He did brilliantly, scoring three centuries. But since then, he's only made two Test tons.

Strauss explained that when his own form dipped, it distracted from his game and the captaincy, and he hopes Cook does not let the pressure overwhelm him: "It really distracted me that I had become the story.

"It did affect my captaincy and I lost a bit of confidence, because I felt I was letting the team down. No captain wants to be a passenger in the side. You want to show the team the way forward.

"When I became captain in 2009, I scored a lot of runs but towards the end, perhaps I didn't have enough time to work on my batting as I was always thinking about the captaincy."

In the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's, Cook made scores of 17 and 28, while in the two Test series before this, both against Australia, he averaged 27.70 and 24.60.

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