27 Jun 2014

Coach stands by Cook as England skipper

11:40 am on 27 June 2014

The England cricket coach Peter Moores insists he won't be looking to take the captaincy from Alastair Cook in a bid to get the opener back to his best form with the bat.

It is 24 innings since Cook scored the last of his England-record 25 Test centuries, a sequence that includes the 100-run second-Test defeat by Sri Lanka at Headingley which gave the tourists a 1-0 win in the two-match series, their first series win in England.

But Moores says there's no question of Cook giving up the leadership of the side, even on a temporary basis, ahead of next month's home five-Test series against India.

After their 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia, England installed a new managing director, Paul Downton, a new chairman of selectors, James Whitaker, and recalled Moores for a second spell as head coach.

However, all three insisted it was vital Cook remained as captain.

The former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott insists the trio's fear of being made to look foolish lies behind their continued support of Cook, who was strongly criticised for his tactics in the field at Headingley.

However, Moores insists there's far more behind his backing for the 29-year-old Cook than blind faith and preserving a united front and believes it's just a matter of time before Cook comes into form with the bat.