Cook the right man to lead England, says Gooch

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Alastair Cook should continue to captain England despite their recent run of hapless performances, batting coach Graham Gooch said on Wednesday.

As the fallout from England’s Ashes debacle rumbles on, with leading batsman Kevin Pietersen the latest casualty of a horrific tour, Cook’s position as captain has come under scrutiny.

But Gooch, who played 118 test matches for England and has been full-time batting coach for the national side since February 2012, said Cook was the man to help rebuild a new-look side.

“I sincerely believe he is (the right person to captain England),” Gooch said in an interview with Sky Sports.

“I don’t see any reason why he will not be a successful leader again in the future. Yes, he needs to make improvements. Yes, he needs to look at things himself, the way he goes about things.

“But that’s the same with any player, and any cricketer, throughout his career. They’re always looking to upgrade and make improvements to themselves and the way they go about their cricket.”