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Alastair Cook explains why he's not worried about his loss of form for England

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Alastair Cook enjoyed quite comfortably the most miserable winter of his career in the Southern Hemisphere.

And rightfully, as a result, his position as the opening batsman in England's Test team is now under even more question, having resigned as captain in February of last year.

The Essex man scored just 23 runs in four innings in New Zealand, meaning he got past 50 just once in 14 innings alongside the disastrous Ashes series in Australia.

Cook carried his bat with a terrific 244 not out in the drawn fourth Test in Melbourne though, the only fixture England didn't lose in the 4-0 defeat to the Aussies.

But aside from that, his next best score was 39, which simply isn't good enough for a player of his quality, and getting out so cheaply and consistently puts pressure on those below him in the order.

Fortunately for Cook, there isn't exactly a plethora of in-form talent waiting to fill his shoes, with players like Haseeb Hameed and Keaton Jennings looking to find form at county level.

As a result, he is more than likely to remain in the team for the two Tests against Pakistan next month.

Strangely, the 32-year-old himself isn't exactly worried about his complete loss of form, despite his advancing years.

New Zealand v England - 2nd Test: Day 1

He's put it down to basically the law of averages, and that when you play so many Tests you are bound to have a barren run.

Cook has featured in 154 five-day games for England, and is backing himself to come good this season.

"If you play 100-odd Test matches there’s going to be little periods when you don’t score the runs," he admitted. "But I’ve always managed to turn it around.

"I just never got going in New Zealand. That tour kind of passed me by before I even got past the fifth over, which is frustrating. You go all that way, you train, and you just don’t turn up. It does happen.

New Zealand v England 1st Test: Day 1

"One thing I do know is that it doesn’t get any easier. But while I still want to get out and bat and put myself under pressure and sit in the changing room enjoying all that stuff, I’ve got to do it.

"Over the last six months, I’ve never been quite so inconsistent though, and since I’ve come home I’ve started to look at my preparation. Have I got it right? Do I need to change things?"

It is refreshing to see that he has retained his confidence through the most difficult spell of his career.

However, the pressure will be right on him to get a big score when Pakistan come to town, or we may have seen the last of one of the most talented batsmen this country has ever produced.

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