Moores: Cook will come good
Peter Moores is confident "solid Englishman" Alastair Cook remains the right leader for the national team's new era.
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Cook himself insisted after England's Test series defeat against Sri Lanka that he has no intention of resigning his post, as some have suggested he should.
Moores, in his second stint as coach as England seek to establish a new regime after last winter's Ashes whitewash, has no qualms about Cook's longevity either.
The 1-0 defeat to Sri Lanka, confirmed when James Anderson was last out after a brave rearguard on the final evening at Headingley, will have done nothing to ease the pressure on Cook.
Moores, however, senses his captain has the backing of a country for whom he is a natural paragon.
"I have felt there's also a lot of support for him.
"People geuinely see, as a bloke, he's a solid Englishman who wants to do well for his country.
"He's done that in the past and will do in the future."
Cook's form with the bat is a perfect storm for those who believe he should step aside.
The 29-year-old is England's all-time most prolific Test centurion yet, in 24 innings over the past 12 months, has not added to his tally of 25.
Moores knows that Cook is made of stern stuff.
"Alastair ... is a very determined, steely bloke.
"He's got a clear picture of what he wants as a team and how that team should operate."
Cook has lived all his adult life with the pressure of public expectation.
"Nobody more than Alastair knows what international cricket is like," said Moores.
"He has been in it since he was 19 ... so he knows the script.
"He knows we are judged by results - that is the name of the game, be it as a captain or as a batter."
The stakes have never been higher than in the past six months, which have seen such upheaval in England's playing and management personnel since they lost 5-0 in Australia.
Moores added: "Where Alastair is at as a captain, he has had a very tough six or seven months.
"He is still clear with what he wants. He is still driven to do the job, which says something about his determination to get on and do it, so I think he is the right man.
"I knew him from before, but we have to redefine that relationship and how it works best for the team.
"If he gets himself into form someone is going to pay."
England came within two balls of closing out a stalemate against Sri Lanka but came up just short, despite Moeen Ali's maiden Test century.
Moores is confident he has seen plenty from those picked as the new guard - Moeen, Gary Ballance and Cook's opening partner Sam Robson - to be enthused.
That does not mean, however, that any firm decisions have yet been made about who will be selected to face India at Trent Bridge next month in the first of five Tests.
"Test match teams have never been picked on the back of one performance by anybody.
"Refreshingly it is the lads who have got in who have really grabbed their chance.
"Moeen's knock was great to see for English cricket.
"To see Mo play like that, as a coach, is a huge lift."
England failed to make the most of a promising position in Leeds, where their first-innings lead could easily have been many more - and captain Angelo Mathews was the stumbling block when Sri Lanka batted again.
Anderson, Stuart Broad and fellow seamers Chris Jordan and Liam Plunkett - who took nine wickets in the match - were all unable to break an eighth-wicket stand of 149 between Mathews and Rangana Herath.
"The seam bowlers will accept we didn't bowl well enough with the new ball throughout the game," said Moores.
"(They are) two great bowlers, but it shows it doesn't always go right for you.
"The lads will be disappointed it wasn't their Test, but Jimmy was man of the series and over the series bowled some outstanding spells.
"It didn't quite happen for him (at Headingley).
Moores acknowledges almost 400 overs of frontline seam bowled by England in back-to-back Tests - each going very nearly the full five days - have taken an inevitable toll.
"Yes, they did (look tired).
"We've played two Test matches here where we've only not bowled one ball.
"Everybody has given their pound of flesh ... so it has been tough."
He nonetheless expects them to report back refreshed for the next challenge.
"Stuart has come through it. He's bowled 109 overs in the last couple of games ... but his body is in good shape, as too is Jimmy's.
"We're going to go into back-to-back Test matches with India, and the spirit we played with and the fight we showed (at Headingley) we need to show every second of every day in every Test match we play."