Graham Gooch backs Alastair Cook to help rebuild England team

All positions in England's demoralised team and back-room staff are expected to come under review at the end of the series, but Gooch, the team's batting coach, backed Cook to be part of the solution to the English team's malaise.

updated: January 04, 2014 16:15 IST
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Sydney: Under-fire skipper Alastair Cook should remain and become part of England's team rebuilding in the wake of their Ashes series humiliation, former captain Graham Gooch said Saturday.

The tourists are staring at another heavy defeat and a 5-0 series whitewash in the final Sydney Test after a first innings capitulation and trailing Australia by 311 runs with six wickets intact at the end of day two.

England's plight was underscored by Cook's inexplicable decision not to play a shot and a trapped leg before wicket by Ryan Harris on the second ball of the day as a prelude to the tourists' collapse to be all out for 155.

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