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Cook believes “it would be wrong” for England to remove him as ODI captain just over a year before the World Cup
England skipper Alastair Cook has announced that he is determined to lead the national team in next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, just days after he admitted that he was considering stepping down as ODI captain.
Cook’s comments come after his side finally won their first match of their disastrous tour of Australia.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Cook said after his side beat Australia by 57 runs in the fourth ODI in Perth. “We know the series has gone but the thought of losing 10-0 – the prospect was there starting today but we played a pretty good game.”
Cook also admitted that he made a mistake by saying that he was considering resigning as ODI captain following the team’s loss in the third ODI in Sydney.
“I spoke what I was feeling, sometimes you probably shouldn’t do,” he said. “I think, what I’ve learned over three years as one-day captain, it would be wrong so close to the World Cup to change. We’re getting some very valuable experience here, in the conditions which we’re going to play in the World Cup. So obviously if I’m still given the opportunity, then…”
Cook also revealed that speaking to his team-mates had helped rekindle his confidence in himself.
“You do learn all the time, three years is quite a long time, in terms of how much you learn,” Cook said. “I think the tough thing is when you come to new conditions with the five men in the circle, you have to learn very quickly. Certain fields which you can do here you can’t really do, say, in the subcontinent. That’s the stuff we have to learn and learn very quickly.
“We need to make sure we remember some of this stuff so we hit the World Cup running; I know we’ve got five warm-up games against Australia before that but it’s important that we end the tour well and then when we come back here for one-day cricket, we’re back at that level.
“The guys can take a lot of confidence. We batted very positively, we always took the positive option, which in these conditions I think you have to do. There’s always a bit of risk with that but you have to be good enough as a top-order batsman to make those shots. If we’re being quite harsh we could have done with a guy getting a big hundred and we could have got 340 and put the game to bed. But I think we’re still pretty close to really putting a big score on.”
Even though Cook has not scored an ODI half-century since the Champions Trophy in June, he believes his innings of 44 during the fourth ODI was a sign of big things to come.
“My game is improving in terms of the way I’m striking the ball, the last three weeks I really felt as though I’ve turned a bit of a corner in that way,” he said. “Thirties and forties aren’t what you bat for but, when you go through tough times with the bat, you know there are big scores round the corner and when you get them you’ll be even more hungry.”