Cook should not be stripped of the ODI captaincy, says Ashley Giles

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Giles believes Cook should not be held fully responsible for England’s 4-1 loss

England limited overs coach Ashley Giles has announced that Alastair Cook should not be stripped of the ODI captaincy following the national team’s 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Australia in the recently concluded ODI series.

Cook suggested that he was considering stepping down as ODI captain after Australia took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, but he later admitted that he was still “desperate” to carry on leading England, especially since the World Cup is just over a year away.

“Absolutely,” Giles said when asked if Cook should continue on as ODI captain. “We are standing here and we realistically could have won the series. We could have won it 3-2. That’s not all down to the captain.”

Giles also noted that he will pick England’s World Twenty20 squad based on the players’ performances during the upcoming limited overs tour of the West Indies.

“The plan is we are playing three one-day games there but with the T20 World Cup we are probably going to pick a T20 squad which gives us a good preparation time running into Bangladesh,” he said. “It’s likely that Stuart Broad will captain that side.”

Meanwhile, Cook is looking forward to taking some time off after a disastrous tour of Australia.

“It has been a challenging tour for me,” he said. “I can’t not say that.

“It’s been a real tough tour for me. I am not exhausted, but I’m ready to put the pads away for a couple of weeks or so.

“I will enjoy seeing my pregnant wife. I’ll enjoy seeing a few sheep (on the family farm) for a bit.”

Cook also revealed that he was planning to meet with team director Andy Flower to discuss all the problems England have had over the past couple of months.

“I’ll just have a little bit of time off and then we’ll start making plans,” he said. “It’s quite hard to say here when I’m 15,000 miles away and jet lag to come. I’ve been speaking to Andy, like you do, and over the next week or so I’ll meet up with him personally and we’ll plan our route forward.”

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