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It appears that Alastair Cook’s poignant press conference after the Sydney defeat, in which his despondency clouded his captaincy future, was one of emotional catharsis rather than anything more meaningful.
Cook defused any notions that he was on the brink of resigning at the toss on Friday, claiming his comments in the press conference “were emotional” and that he is “desperate” to carry on in the role, per the official ECB Twitter.
Whether Cook is the best man to be leading England forward is uncertain, but by exposing the raw emotion in which the Sydney press conference was founded, English cricket must hope he has safeguarded against a similarly emotionally charged decision at the end of the series.
Sudden resolutions and verdicts while the embers of this tour are still hot are the last thing England need.
There was, as Iain O’Brien tweeted, an air of calm to Cook’s persona in the field today. How much of that was the result of him fronting up to the fact the tour has got to him, rather than packaging it in rhetoric, is up for debate.