Leeds (UK): Geoffrey Boycott said he feared Alastair Cook could be “hounded out” of the England captaincy after the team’s 100-run defeat by Sri Lanka in the second Test at Headingley on Tuesday.

After their 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia, England installed a new managing director in Paul Downton, a new head coach in Peter Moores, and a new chairman of selectors in James Whitaker.  However, all three insisted it was vital Cook remained as England captain. “Cook is too stubborn an individual to resign because he would see it as a sign of weakness,” England opening great Boycott wrote in his column in Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper published Wednesday.

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