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Alastair Cook plays The Clash

Alastair Cook plays The Clash

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Alastair Cook - aka Chef!Alastair Cook: Should I stay or should I go?

In the words of The Clash, “Should I stay or should I go”! That is the decision facing Alastair Cook at present. And it looks like the latest meeting between the current England Captain and his boss, Andrew Strauss, has merely dodged the question for the time being. Indeed, until at least early February from what The Daily Telegraph is reporting.

With a gap in the fixtures then until 3rd March, when England start a short (7 days!) ODI series against West Indies, it is possible we may even have to wait until late March to establish whether the Summer will start with a new Test captain. Opinion is certainly divided on what should happen….

The ‘stay’ camp…

And those who say ‘go’…

Personally, I think he should stay. The presumed successor, Joe Root, is very recently a new father, has little captaincy experience so far and would face a tough opening 6 months with Test matches against South Africa and West Indies at home, followed by Australia away. Why not blood him as ODI / T20 captain after the ICC championship with a view to a planned transition in Spring 2018 when England host Pakistan and India.

For now though, the question “should I stay or should I go” will remain the one Cook must consider!

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