Alastair Cook to remain England captain with sights set on eclipsing class of 2011

• Victory in final Test would be Cook’s 24th as captain – two shy of record
• ‘The last year or so I’ve really felt comfortable in the captaincy role,’ says Cook

Alastair Cook concedes he will never be Mike Brearley when it comes to the tactical side of Test captaincy but says he has no plans to hand over the reins given how much he is enjoying the role at present.

Victory at The Kia Oval this week would be Cook’s 24th in the job – equal with his predecessor, Andrew Strauss, and two short of Michael Vaughan’s national record – and mean that England, with a series win over Pakistan, would hold all nine bilateral trophies against the remaining Test nations.

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