Johannesburg, July 22 ANI | 1 year ago

Former England cricket team captain Nasser Hussain insisted that Alastair Cook should step-down as captain after a 95-run defeat by India at Lords.

Hussain said that Cook should ask himself if he is making any difference to the England team or not, and stats tell that he is not. It should be seen whether the team would miss Cook or not.

However, Cook said that he has no intention of resigning and ECB is not in a mood to sack him.

England were 173 for four, chasing 319 to win, on the stroke of lunch on Monday's final day. But the last ball of the session saw Moeen Ali turn his head away from an Ishant Sharma bouncer and glove a catch to short leg. Even so, at 173 for five and with a minimum 60 overs left, England were still in the game, News 24 reported.

This match saw opener Cook's run without a Test hundred extended to 27 innings but Hussain said England's problems ran far deeper than their skipper's lack of runs.

Michael Vaughan, Hussain's successor as England skipper said that it's been absolutely pathetic from England. England has collapsed earlier too, against Australia, Sri Lanka and now India, but this is the worst of the lot, report said.

He added that India were the better team over the five days, they were better led and batted and bowled better.

(Posted on 22-07-2014)

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