Alastair Cook can ease pressure with runs in third Test, says Tom Collomosse

'But skipper has backing of ECB'

Last Updated: 04/08/14 9:02am

The Evening Standard’s Tom Collomosse says England must get tough and drop their stars if they aren’t fully fit.

Alastair Cook needs only to score some runs to silence his captaincy critics, Tom Collomosse told Cricket Writers on TV.

The England skipper – who has failed to make a century in his past 27 Test innings - is coming under mounting pressure as his side continue to fail on the field.

The national team have gone 10 Tests without a win, lost the Ashes in the winter and were beaten by Sri Lanka on home soil earlier this summer. Currently they trail India 1-0, ahead of the Sky Live third Test against India which starts on Sunday at the Ageas Bowl.

"We can over-egg the idea of someone being a natural, brilliant, inspirational captain because a lot of leaders aren’t, they’re just effective at what they do and they have a decent side behind them."

Tom Collomosse

However, the Evening Standard’s Collomosse reckons a good knock from Cook is all it will take to end the calls for him to step down as captain.

“It sounds an obvious point to make but the problem for Alastair Cook is the matter of scoring runs,” he said.

“We can over-egg the idea of someone being a natural, brilliant, inspirational captain because a lot of leaders aren’t, they’re just effective at what they do and they have a decent side behind them.

“England were badly beaten at Lord’s but if you look at the other three Tests (this summer) if Cook had got a 70 in one, a 100 in one and a 50 in another, England would have won those matches and we wouldn’t be scrutinising in such detail his captaincy.

“If he scores runs a lot more falls into place.”

Support

The CWOT panel are eager to see how Jos Buttler adapts to the Test arena.

Collomosse also believes Cook has still has significant support from the ECB and that managing director Paul Downton is resolute in his backing of the Essex man.

While the Evening Standard man says the public have seen little to back-up that faith, in terms of England’s recent performances, he did offer Cook credit for his part in the impressive performances of Test newcomers Gary Ballance, Moeen Ali, Sam Robson and Ben Stokes.   

“I think we have to give him some praise for the way the new guys have performed,” he said.

“Clearly Cook’s created an environment where they feel able to express themselves, and that doesn’t always happen in international cricket.

“But Paul Downton nailed his colours to the mast of Alastair Cook and would see it as a weakness if he was to get rid of him now. Although, increasingly we see it less as a strategy; there’s a panic about it and ‘maybe it will come right in the next one’, rather than ‘it will come right because of x, y and z’.”