Cook believes he has it in him to be a good England captain

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London, Jan.19 (ANI): England's captain for the short Test and one-day tour of Bangladesh, Alastair Cook, believes he has the respect of his players and can deliver the results expected of him as skipper.

With Andrew Strauss saying that he feels pretty jaded, Cook says he can do the job that his for the taking.

"I'm happy with the respect I have in the dressing room and I believe I can perform my role as captain, but I'll do the job my way," The Telegraph quoted Cook, as saying.

"It's an honour and privilege to follow so many great captains and I hope I can do it justice. It's obviously a short-term role but it's important I'm my own man," he added.

Cook has been allowed to contribute input on the squads, but only as a joint venture with Strauss and the other selectors.

With Strauss and Anderson rested and Adil Rashid dropped, three Test berths needed to be filled. In the 15-man one-day squad, there were five departures, including the unlucky Graham Onions, and only four additions.

One of those picked for both squads was Ajmal Shahzad, Yorkshire's exciting all-rounder.

Shahzad, 24, was expecting to be picked for the England Lions, and admitted to being miffed when he was not, following a good season for Yorkshire and an impressive stint with the England Performance Programme in South Africa. But once the reasons for his omission became clear, frustration quickly turned to joy.

There were also Test call-ups for Michael Carberry and James Tredwell, though both spent time with the main squad in South Africa.

Tredwell is improving, but his off-breaks do not offer anything different to Graeme Swann's.

England will almost certainly play two spinners, so should really have picked a third, Monty Panesar, for backup and variation.

There may only be two Tests, but in a part of the world where players can fall ill at a moment's notice, you need key roles to be covered.

Carberry has also made impressive strides. His best position is in the top three but if he were to replace Strauss and open, a top three of him, Cook and Jon Trott could see the innings stagnate especially if, as expected, the pitches grip for the spinners. (ANI)

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