Alastair Cook is quite proud that he managed to carry himself gracefully as England test captain when the chips were down and his aim now is to be consistent with his young team and attain some success on foreign soil.
The testing times await Cook, who has already won two Ashes series as captain, in the coming months.
There is a test series coming up in United Arab Emirates where none of the teams has been able to beat Pakistan in the last 6 years and it would be followed by the tour of South Africa which is also an incredibly difficult place to play test Cricket.
According to Cook, since the Ashes disaster in 2013-14 in Australia where the Three Lions lost 0-5, plenty of new players have made their way into the side and the way they have matured, it’s fantastic to see that as a captain.
Speaking before departing for Emirates, Cook said, “There are some highly talented blokes in the squad at the moment and the maturity that they have shown this summer; you have to give them a lot of credit.”
“What we have done really well of late is that we have won crucial moments and that’s what you need to do in test match Cricket. However, it’s important for us to keep this process going and keep improving. We have a couple of series away from home against tough oppositions and we have to prove ourselves in those challenging conditions.”
When asked about his tough times as England captain, the Essex left handed opener said, “It happens with every captain. Captaincy is not a bed of roses all the time. There are periods when you are tested and you have to hang in there.”