Cook orders England to concentrate on cricket

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 07:38 GMT, Apr 15, 2015 |

Captain Alastair Cook has ordered England to concentrate on cricket and nothing else as they begin a punishing run of 14 Test matches in 10 months. Cook’s team face West Indies on Monday in the first of three Tests during an uncertain period in English cricket and after the World Cup. West Indian batting legend Sir Viv Richards believes it is “a great opportunity to take England down”. Cook says “We must concentrate on what we control, which is the cricket”.

England’s Caribbean tour is the first time they have played Test cricket since beating India in 3-1 last summer. Since then Cook has been axed from his position as one-day captain and a dismal England were the first major team to exit the World Cup.

Cook says he is “hugely excited” about facing West Indies, though he warns it will be “incredibly hard” to win the series.