Alastair Cook admits having captaincy doubts but insists he is still the best man to lead England
Alastair Cook insists he is still the best man to captain England despite considering his position.
Last Updated: 08/05/14 3:18pm
Speaking ahead of his side's first match of the summer season - a one-day international against Scotland, live on Sky Sports 2 on Friday - Cook admitted he sought the guidance of his teammates after doubting his ability as skipper.
England were whitewashed 5-0 in the Ashes before further losses in the ODI series and a momentous failure at the Twenty20 World Cup, resulting in the resignation of head coach Andy Flower and the controversial sacking of Kevin Pietersen.
But having been backed by the England Cricket Board, Cook has helped oversee some significant changes and he is optimistic on both his own, and the team's future under new head coach Peter Moores.
"After a long gruelling winter, I gave stepping down consideration. It would be wrong if I hadn't. We lost a lot of games and we hadn't played to the standard the side was capable of," Cook said.
"If you don't question your position at that stage then you never will but the guys I spoke to were great and very supportive. I chatted a lot to Stuart Broad and Ravi Bopara in particular, and they said 'you must carry on'.
"Paul Downton came into the ECB and backed me too and I want to repay that faith. It's a huge honour to be captain. I'm very privileged, but you've got to be the best man for the job.
"It feels like a new chapter. It's early days and all new territory and it will take time to settle down but it's gone well so far."
Cook was also criticised for poor performances with the bat, having failed to score a century in either the home or away Ashes series last year and scoring single figures in five innings in Australia.
But the 29-year-old insists he is determined to recapture to the belligerent form that has made him England's all-time leading centurion.
"It's an obvious thing that a captain needs to score runs and in the past I've managed to do that," he said.
"Obviously in the last couple of Tests I haven't but I know I can do it. As a top-order player you've got to score runs."
Cook added of the Scotland match: "It's a banana skin fixture but you get tested a number of times as a cricketer, in a number of different conditions, and it's about how you adapt to it.
"We want to play well. The guys have been really good in training and we'll be hard to beat."
England's game against Scotland is live on Sky Sports 2 from 10am on Friday.