Alastair Cook
Cook has a chance to improve on an average of 24 in his last 13 Tests.

England captain Alastair Cook has been retained in the squad for the third Test against India at the Ageas Bowl despite growing pressure on him to resign.

The 95-run defeat to India extended England's winless run to 10 matches while Cook is hopelessly out of form and without a Test century for 26 months.

Cook's role both as skipper and opening batsman have been heavily scrutinised by former England captains including Geoffrey Boycott and Michael Vaughan, with many advising the Essex man to step down despite his intention to fight on.

"Until I get that tap on the shoulder saying 'We don't want you to be captain' I'm desperate to turn things around for England," Cook said. "I'm here as long as they [the England and Wales Cricket Board[ want me."

And after coach Peter Moores gave Cook his full backing on Monday evening following just a second defeat to India at Lord's in Test history, selectors James Whitaker, Angus Fraser and Mick Newell have opted to include Cook for the third Test, starting on Sunday.

Despite suffering just a sixth home Test defeat to India in the second Test, the England selectors have made just two changes, with Jos Buttler as expected coming to make his debut after Matt Prior ruled himself out of the remainder of the summer with injury.

Spinner Simon Kerrigan has been dropped altogether, with England naming a 13-man squad for the third Test in Southampton. James Anderson is free to play after his ICC hearing for allegedly pushing Ravindra Jadeja was moved to 1 August.

National selector Whitaker said: "The result of the second Investec Test at Lord's was very disappointing. One or two of our players had encouraging performances however it is vital that the squad learns quickly and arrives in Southampton this week refreshed and ready to perform well in what will no doubt be another tough Test match.

"Congratulations to Jos Buttler who comes into the squad following some very exciting limited overs performances for England and a good record with Lancashire this season and fully deserves this opportunity.

"Matt Prior has contributed a huge amount to the England side over the years and should be proud of his record throughout his 79 Tests. He has decided to take time out of the game to work on his fitness and we will continue to follow his progress over the coming months."