Cricket: Cook has no plans to quit

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Alastair Cook has vowed to carry on as England captain despite his side’s 95-run defeat to India in the second Investec Test at Lord’s.
England collapsed meekly after lunch from 173-4 to 223 all out, with poor shot selection rather than excellent India bowling, leading to their downfall and extending their sequence to 10 Tests without victory.
Ishant Sharma accounted for Moeen Ali, Matt Prior, Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Stuart Broad on the final day to record Test best figures of 7-74 and while Cook admitted his side lack confidence to take chances to win Tests at present, he insisted he is not about to step down.
He told Sky Sports: “It gets harder and harder the more we don’t win and of course that heaps on you at the end of the day.
“Until that bloke taps me on the shoulder and says ‘we don’t want you to captain’ I’m desperate to try to turn this around for England.
“If I’m not good enough at the end of the summer then so be it, but I’m trying my heart out to do this and I need to score runs and need to start winning but I’m here to as long as I’m wanted.”
 England must now regroup quickly with the third Test starting at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday.
Speaking on the defeat, India’s second-ever at Lord’s Cook added: “It’s a tough defeat, especially here at Lord’s. We’ve got to give India a lot of credit for the way they played these five days, they’ve out-bowled us and out-batted us and that’s why they deserved to win.”
Cook pointed to Ravi Jadeja’s second-innings 68 as one of the turning points for the seventh defeat in nine Test matches.
“Credit to Jadeja who was very brave. His innings was a turning point.,” he added.
“There is an issue with confidence and getting over the finishing line. There are players in the dressing room who are desperate to win for England. We haven’t won for a long time and the longer that builds up it’s going to take a serious performance to drag us over the line. The lads are hurting. We’ve got a few days off and then we’ll come back at the Rose Bowl.”
Matt Prior’s place in the side remains under threat after an indifferent display at Lord’s with gloves and bat, however Cook believes he is still England’s first-choice gloveman, providing he wants to be. 
He added: “It’s all up to Matt. He’s been a fantastic player for England and if he is desperate to carry on and help turns this around then he’s got a place because I think he’s the best wicket-keeper batsmen in the country. He’s a fighter.”

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