Vaughan expects Captain Cook to step down

first_imgALSTAIR Cook is “very close” to quitting as England captain, believes former skipper Michael Vaughan.Cook, 31, said he will “go home and do some thinking” over his future after the 4-0 Test series defeat by India.“His body language over the last three matches was one where he looks like he might be thinking of calling it a day,” Vaughan told BBC Sport.However, Vaughan believes Cook is not certain to resign and said taking time to decide was the correct move.“He’s earned that right to have a period of time at home. We’ll wait and see,” the 42-year-old added.“He’s stubborn and mentally very tough. He’s been through this sort of spell two or three times in his captaincy and carried on.“But he has to be very honest with himself. Does he have the passion and energy to take the team forward through the seven Tests next summer? And then through the Ashes next winter?“If the answer is just 1% no, then he has to stand aside.“Towards the end of my captaincy, I just was not enjoying the game. I could see from his face he just is not enjoying cricket.“I would think it’s very close to being the time to call it quits from his perspective.”England assistant head coach Paul Farbrace said Cook had the support of players and management.“If he chooses to step down, that would be a shame because we want him to carry on,” said Farbrace.“When you lose a series 4-0, of course people will talk about the leadership. We all know that.“But there’s nobody looking around the dressing room thinking ‘ooh, I wonder who’s in charge?’ It’s very clear who’s in charge, and that hasn’t changed.”(BBC Sport)last_img read more

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Stanley Cup Final 2019: Inspirational Blues fan Laila Anderson to attend Game 7 in Boston

first_imgAnderson’s mother, Heather, told her Tuesday that the Blues will be bringing her to Beantown.MORE: Blues fans ready for first Cup in franchise history Guess who we’re bringing to Boston. #stlblues #WeAllBleedBlue pic.twitter.com/qsvjyQ7BcL— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) June 12, 2019Anderson suffers from hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH. As reported by STLToday.com, she met St. Louis defenseman Colton Parayko during a team event on Halloween, and the two kept in touch. Other Blues players became aware of the girl’s health struggles and also befriended her.Anderson received a bone marrow transplant in Jaunuary; by May her condition had improved enough for her to attend the Western Conference finals. Her story quickly went national. In one of the latest developments, it was announced last week (per STLToday.com) that a special-edition Laila bobblehead had been produced. A portion of the proceeds will go to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.On Wednesday, Laila will be in the building for the most important game of the season, ready to inspire again. The Blues will have an extra source of inspiration with them in Boston when they play Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.In the stands at TD Garden will be Laila Anderson, the 11-year-old St. Louis girl with a rare, life-threatening disease who has become one of the faces of the team’s playoff run.last_img read more

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