Cook sets short-term course

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Alastair Cook

Stand-in captain Alastair Cook said: "All that matters to me for the next six weeks is that we play good cricket and win"

Alastair Cook is refusing to treat his stint as England's stand-in captain as an audition for the top job and is focused on handing the side back to Andrew Strauss in top form.

Cook, vice-captain for the last year, was handed the reins for the tour of Bangladesh following Strauss' decision to opt out of the trip.

Cook, who now has the chance to cut his teeth as an international leader, insists that the learning stage is where his ambitions end for the time being.

"If people want to write about me being the next England captain that's brilliant, but I'm not bothered about that. I'm not looking down the line," said the 25-year-old left-hander.

"I'm just looking at the next six weeks and doing this job as well as I can. If the selectors turn to me in two years' time then fantastic, but I'm not going to lose sleep over the matter.

"If they think other people can do the job better then that's fine too.

"All that matters to me for the next six weeks is that we play good cricket and win. I'm not bothered about how I look from the outside, I know I have the full support of the dressing room and that's what matters.

"This is a massive series in terms of carrying on the momentum from Australia and South Africa."

To recover from the South Africa tour, itself not long after England’s victorious Ashes summer, Cook has sought distractions.

"I like to get away from it. I've been doing a little bit of farming," he said.

"I've been doing a bit of lambing, that's just starting. My girlfriend's family have some farms and we've just been getting the sheep ready, getting the pens ready.

"I was at it until about 11pm last night (Thursday), it's something I've been doing for about the last five years."

England fly to Dubai today as they warm-up for the Bangladesh series with two Twenty20 matches against Pakistan.

Strauss would have missed that leg anyway as he no longer plays the shortest form of the game and Paul Collingwood will captain in the United Arab Emirates before handing over to Cook.

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