Moores praises 'special' Cook

LONDON - Peter Moores believes the “really tough ride” that Alastair Cook experienced over the eight long months between the start of last winter’s Ashes mauling and the first win in 11 Tests in Southampton could be remembered as a key phase in his development into a “special” England captain.

Cook was smiling again at Old Trafford on Saturday evening, after a second consecutive victory that takes his record as captain to 11 wins from 27 Tests, and lifted his England team back into the top three of the official world rankings.

This time he even secured a stump as a souvenir, having missed out at the Ageas Bowl to the six players who had enjoyed their first Test victory.

He conceded that England had been “pretty much at rock bottom” after the second Test defeat by India at Lord’s less than three weeks earlier, their seventh in 10 matches, saying: “That was a tough moment for us as a side – you run out of chances in my position.”

But Moores argues it was the mental toughness Cook showed during that period that confirmed the wisdom of England’s decision in sticking with him after the Ashes debacle.

“I think the significant point was when he came out and said he was in it for the long haul, he wanted to do the job,” said the restored national coach.

“If people didn’t want him there, that was fine, he would move on – but he made pretty public his desire to captain England.

“He wouldn’t openly admit that at times he has had a really tough ride but often that can forge somebody into something special. Hopefully for Alastair that is the thing that is starting to come out a bit. He is very determined. The more people have had a go at him, the more he has said he is totally in for it.

“He has got a desire to lead. It doesn’t mean you don’t question yourself – that humility is the sign of a good leader. He has got those traits in him. Leadership is about getting people to follow you and to create opportunities for people, to create something. Cookie is very much into that. He is, deep down, a real carer. He wants the team to grow and create opportunities.” – Agencies

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