LONDON:England coach Peter Moores said Monday he understood why Alastair Cook thought of standing down as captain before leading the team to Test series glory against India.
England’s 3-1 win in a five-match series was completed in dominant style with a crushing innings and 244-run win over India inside three days at The Oval on Sunday.
But prior to that campaign, England had lost 1-0 at home to Sri Lanka in a two-match campaign after a second Test defeat at Headingley in June that followed a 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia.
“All captains learn as you go on,” said Moores.”But what Alastair has done really well, he’s got the No.1 quality that anyone needs to get better quickly which is humility.”When he’s been successful, he still wants to get better and learn.”
Despite constant backing from Moores, in his second spell as England coach, and the new management team at the top of the England and Wales Cricket Board hierarchy — who had nailed their colours to Cook’s mast by citing the need to support his captaincy as a reason for sending star batsman Kevin Pietersen into international exile — the Essex opener did ponder his position as skipper after the Headingley loss.
Having resolved to carry on, he then faced calls from several former England captains to resign after the tea fell 1-0 behind to India after the first two Tests of their series.