As England’s misery on the tour of Australia continued, slumping to another defeat, Alastair Cook confirmed that he won’t be captaining the side for the tour of West Indies.
The struggling captain believes the England T20 squad will benefit from his absence, which would boost their preparations for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Bangladesh that kicks-off on March 16.
In the post-match conference, he said: “The T20 guys have got their World Cup in Bangladesh [starting on 16 March] and we see it as a great six weeks for them to start building,” Cook said.
“They're never together very often and it gives them time to build.”
England’s limited version coach Ashley Giles said that Stuart Broad, who is already the skipper of The Brits’ T20 side might lead the team in absence of Cook.
“We are probably going to pick mainly a T20 squad leading up to Bangladesh so it's likely Stuart Broad will captain,” Giles told reporters.
As the World Cup of 2015 approaches as well, Cook added that there will be more emphasis placed on ODIs now.
“Over the last year with back-to-back Ashes the priority was Test cricket, but with the World Cup that has to change,” he said.
When asked about threatening to resign and his discussions with the team management about the future, he said: “I just spoke very honestly and maybe I shouldn't have done because it's caused a lot of kerfuffle.
“I fly home on Monday, and over the next week or so I'm sure there will be meetings to have.”
Giles seemed to be offering no excuses and accepted that the side didn’t do well at all.
“There's no hiding place, we got it wrong again. Everyone will say from a position of 155-3 you should win those games,” he said.
“There's no doubt guys should take great joy in winning games for their country and we are giving wickets away too cheaply in the wrong circumstances.”
When asked if Cook was still the right man for the job, he said: “Absolutely. We realistically could have won the series, we missed an opportunity at Brisbane and again here so we could have won 3-2. That's not all down to the captain.”
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