England captain Alastair Cook subjected to 'witch-hunt' - Grayson
Thursday, 26 June 2014 - 12:52
Essex coach Paul Grayson stated that Alastair Cook has been unfairly blamed for England's dismal form after the Englishman's defeat to visitors Sri Lanka.
Cook's future as a skipper has been questioned after this week's Test series defeat by Sri Lanka and a sixth loss from seven matches.
Cook, became Test captain following Andrew Strauss's retirement in 2012 and secured a first series win in India for 27 years and a home Ashes success.
But this week's 1-0 loss to Sri Lanka in a Two-Test series followed the 5-0 whitewash in Australia over the winter.
His own performances with the bat have also come under scrutiny, with only 601 runs in his past 24 Test innings at an average of 25. Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott described that form as a "recipe for resignation".
Cook will not be given the chance to find form with Essex before England start the first match of a five-Test series against India on 9 July.
Grayson believes a complete break from the game, rather than a concerted spell in the nets, will be beneficial.