Alastair Cook "determined" to carry on as England captain

England's Alastair Cook walks off the field after losing his wicket during day 5 of the 3rd Ashes Test on August 5, 2013
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Alastair Cook vows to stay on as England Test captain despite a first home series defeat to Sri Lanka raising further questions over his leadership ability.

Alastair Cook has insisted that he is the right man to lead the England Test side after the series defeat to Sri Lanka prompted renewed criticism of his captaincy.

James Anderson was dismissed on the penultimate ball of the match at Headingley on Tuesday as England, on the verge of an improbable draw, lost by 100 runs to concede a home series to the Lions for the first time.

The result has seen Cook's future as skipper, already in a precarious state following the embarrassing 5-0 Ashes whitewash in the winter, questioned again, but the 29-year-old has insisted that he will not quit and has vowed to turn England's fortunes around.

"It's a huge honour to captain England and I'm in it for the long haul, as long as I can be, because I believe I'm the right man for the job," he told Sky Sports News.

"If someone else decides that not the case then so be it, but I've got to give all blood, sweat and tears into the England captaincy. I never quit on anything, I'm a determined bloke and I'm determined to turn this around."

To add to the left-handed opening batsman's mounting worries, he has not made a Test match century in over a year and has scored just 601 runs at an average of 25 in his last 24 innings.

Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka appeals successfully for the wicket of Chris Jordan of England during day five of the 2nd Investec Test match between England and Sri Lanka at Headingley Cricket Ground on June 24, 2014
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