Alastair Cook Vows to Stay ODI Captain!
Alastair Cook has vowed to remain England one-day captain despite losing a fourth successive one-day series.
Cook made only a single as England lost to Sri Lanka by 90 runs to trail 4-2 with one match remaining on Tuesday.
Asked if he expected to be captain when England travel down under next month, first of all for a tri-series against Australia and India, he said: “Yes.
“It’s tough at the moment. I’m a better player than I’m showing at the moment, and I’ve just got to keep going.”
Alastair Cook as England ODI captain
Matches Wins Defeats Ties Non results
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The skipper has now scored 499 runs at an average of 24.95 – with only one half century – in his last 21 ODIs, during which time England have won only eight matches.
“Not scoring the runs I’d like is not a great place to be as a captain,” said Cook, who has scored five ODI centuries in 91 one-day international appearances.
Four of those hundreds have been as skipper, but the most recent came against West Indies in June 2012.
“You want to lead from the front, and when it’s not happening for you it is incredibly frustrating,” he said.
Cook’s difficult day began when he dropped key Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara on 41 and the left-hander went on to make 112.
“Days like these don’t make the job any easier,” he said.
“It’s probably a good job I’m off a lot of social media and in the middle of Sri Lanka at the moment where the internet is not so great.”