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Cook: I considered quitting

Alastair Cook has revealed his wife Alice helped convinced him not to resign as England captain earlier this summer.

Following England's fifth Test win against India at the Oval on Sunday, Cook admitted he considered stepping down after the series defeat by Sri Lanka earlier this summer - but is now focused on continuing as captain.

"It was the support I had from my wife," Cook told Sky Sports, when asked what had persuaded him against quitting.

"You can bare your soul to Alice and she's very good at getting you back on the straight and narrow."

Cook pinpointed the loss to Sri Lanka, with just two balls to spare, in the second Test at Headingley as a particular low point.

"That was a tough night," he said. "We'd let a winning position slip. The defeat by India at Lord's was tough too.

"But I'm quite stubborn, I believe in my ability and I'm a resilient guy - that was when I needed it most.

"I'm glad I stuck though the tough times, that is what sport is about - it tests your character. To bounce back as a team is a testament to our character too.

"I don't play this game to prove people right or wrong, I do it to try and win games of cricket for England.

"I'm here because I'm passionate about English cricket and believe I am the right man to take this team forward."