London:Alastair Cook has a tough task ahead of him as he prepares to begin his reign as the captain of England side for the tour of India. With the inclusion of controversial figure Kevin Petersen in the team, captain Cook’s first and foremost job will be to strike balance and harmony in the dressing room after the text-messaging saga.
England will be attending a training camp in Dubai before going to India next week for the away series. The first Test of the four-match series begins on November 15. With a long tour in hand, Alastair Cook believes that the time spent by the team away from home will help in strengthening the team. "It will be a long trip, but that can really strengthen a team because you spend so much time together," Cook told the Times.
Cook realizes the demands of a long tour and his own job of leading the side will not be a cake walk especially in the subcontinent. Everyone does say that the job takes its toll," he said. "I'd be very naive to think that I'd be immune to that.”
With four Test matches, two T20Is and five ODIs to play, England will be looking to build a solid team around the new captain and even Cook is eying the series as a perfect platform to do the same. "If we get it right, we can put some good yards in into the building of this new England team," said Cook.