• England v Sri Lanka, Second Test

'I never quit on anything' - Cook

ESPNcricinfo staff
June 24, 2014
Alastair Cook and England reflect on another defeat © Getty Images

Alastair Cook has acknowledged that time may not be on his side as he battles to turnaround his form after two more disappointing innings against Sri Lanka at Headingley but he has no intention of walking away from the captaincy.

After watching England fail by one ball to pull off an extraordinary draw, Cook said he had to go "back to basics" ahead of the India series next month.

"If I keep losing form and matches I won't be asked to captain for much longer but I'm determined to make it right," he told Sky Sports. "My own form is tough, I have to go back to basics, work bloody hard and I've got 10 days to get prepared for India.

"I never quit on anything. I am a determined bloke and I am determined to turn it around."

Later, speaking to Test Match Special, he added: "No one has a divine right to be captain, but I do believe I'm the right man for the job."

England's 100-run defeat made it their sixth loss in seven Tests although they came within one wicket of winning at Lord's last week.

At the post-match presentation James Anderson, who was named England's Man of the Series and faced 56 scoreless deliveries in the final session before fending to leg gully, almost broke down in tears. "We got close, I'm gutted," he said.

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