Cook to step down as ODI captain?

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“We have kept losing and I haven’t been able to turn it around”

Alastair Cook has hinted that he may step down as England’s ODI captain after Australia took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the ongoing five-match series.

Cook revealed that he was “going to have a decision” following the conclusion of the last two ODIs, which are scheduled to be held in Perth and Adelaide.

“I’m going to have a decision on that stuff after the next two games,” Cook said. “We will sit down and talk about a lot of things. I think there will be some changes, English cricket needs a little bit of a change.

“The last two months we haven’t played the cricket we are capable of and we have to look at the reasons why.”

Cook believes he has not lived up to anyone’s expectations throughout the tour and attributes that as the reason why he is considering stepping down as captain.

“I don’t really want to get dragged into my position,” he said. “I don’t know what I’ll feel like when I get home. It’s been two weeks since someone has asked me that question and a lot has happened. We have kept losing and I haven’t been able to turn it around.”

However, Cook is determined to end this tour on a high and gain some retribution for all the pain and suffering England have had to endure.

“I’ve got a job to do, to try and turn it around and win one of these games,” he said. “That’s the task in hand. I’m competitive, I want to leave everything out on the pitch.”

Australia captain Michael Clarke noted that he knew what Cook was going through, but added that “I don’t think feeling sorry for an opposition captain is the right thing to feel”.

“I don’t think feeling sorry for an opposition captain is the right thing to feel,” Clarke said. “I know to a certain extent what Alastair’s going through because we’ve experienced some tough times as a team, and it is a tough as a captain, but at the end of the day I’m here to help Australia have success and we’ve experienced a lot of defeats in the past couple of years. I think it would be very silly for me to put myself in Alastair’s shoes because I’m not there.”

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