Former England cricket team captain Alastair Cook recently gave his views on the performance of the England Test team under the current skipper Joe Root. Cook said that he is bored with all the comments about the positive things they have been taking from the defeats.
Cook highlighted how the reality is that the England team has won only one out of their last 17 Test matches. That win came on home soil. Away from home, the England team is on a winless streak. They were drubbed 0-4 by the Aussies in the Ashes series, whereas in the recently-concluded ICC World Test Championship series against the West Indies team, England lost by 0-1.
Despite the poor performances, the captain and the team management have been adamant that things are positive in the England camp and they are playing with the right attitude, but former skipper Alastair Cook spoke about the reality.
Writing in his column for Sunday Times, Cook said:
“I am a bit bored with all the positive chat because I don’t think it was a sense of reality in that changing room. Some of the stuff coming out [from England], with all this positivity. We’ve just lost again, we’ve won one in 17. That’s the reality, and it hurts. But if you own that, as a side, that could be a step forward.”
Alastair Cook captained England before Joe Root took over the reins of the team
Alastair Cook was the captain of the England Test team for a considerable period. Under his leadership, the English team won 24 and lost 22 Test matches. He retired earlier than expected, and Joe Root emerged as his successor.
While Root did a decent job in his first few years as England’s Test captain, the team has struggled under him of late. It will be interesting to see if Root can get the English team back to the winning ways.