Peter Moores: 'Alastair Cook will stay strong'

Alastair Cook of England speaks at a press conference after defeating Australia during game four of the One Day International series between Australia and England at WACA on January 24, 2014
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England coach Peter Moores believes that Alastair Cook has to "stay strong" after scoring just 97 runs in his last seven innings.

England coach Peter Moores has said that Alastair Cook must "stay strong" after the side failed to win a Test for the ninth match in a row.

The captain, who has made 25 centuries during his 102-Test career, has scored just 97 runs in his last seven innings for the international side.

Moores told Sky Sports News: "It is a tough time when you are not getting runs. But Alastair is a tough player, as he has shown throughout his career.

"It is a five-match series, and in a five-match series I expect Alastair to come through strongly, because he is a top-flight player. He has to stay strong.

"He has been through this situation before, and that is what makes great Test players, they can ride through it and come back strong, He will be very keen to put his mark on Lord's."

England's second Test against India gets underway on Thursday.

Coach of Lancashire Peter Moores applauds his players after the LV County Championship Division Two match between Gloucestershire and Lancashire on September 20, 2013
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