Alastair Cook says it is not the right time to make a decision about whether to continue as England captain.
Alastair Cook is determined to take all the time available to him so he makes the right decision about whether to continue as England captain.
Cook admitted he was in no state, after his team had descended to a second successive innings defeat to finish as 4-0 losers against their world-number-one hosts India, to make the call on whether he extends his already record run in charge.
It would have been "foolish", he believes, to make a snap judgment in the wrong circumstances - when there is no rush, with England dormant in Test cricket for more than six months up to next July.
The conjecture about his future has refused to abate ever since Cook himself raised the issue on the eve of this series by projecting, in a magazine interview, a future in which he can simply bat for his country again without the extra responsibility of leading the team.
After England had lost their last six wickets for just 15 runs to be bowled out for 207 and lose by an innings and 75 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, with Ravindra Jadeja rampant on the way to a career-best seven for 48, the same questions inevitably came back to haunt Cook.
He stuck, however, largely to the responses he has uttered all tour - that he will make no knee-jerk call on such an important issue, at least until he has spent Christmas at home with his young family and then discussed the matter in his long-scheduled new year de-brief with England and Wales Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss.
"I've got to go away and do some thinking," he said.
"This is not right time to make decisions as big as that."
By David Clough, AAP