England pace bowler James Anderson has revealed that all the national team players back Alastair Cook as ODI captain.
Anderson’s comments come after Cook was heavily criticised by former players and pundits following ODI defeats to Sri Lanka and India this summer.
“For us it was never a question really, it was all speculation with the captaincy,” Anderson said. “From the players’ point of view we never thought anyone else was going to lead us [in the] World Cup, we never doubted him.
“For him I think he’s had more low points than most this summer, the amount of chat that was going on about his captaincy in the Test matches then the one-dayers.
“So to show the character he has to come through those, it speaks a lot about the guy. It was a huge test of character: it’s a credit to himself the way he’s handled it all.
“I’m sure he had a lot of doubts in his mind of whether he should have captained the Test team or the one day team. But all I can say is from a player’s point of view there was never any doubt over who should be captain.”
Anderson also noted that he is pleased England will only be playing ODI cricket prior to the start of the World Cup. The national team will travel to Sri Lanka for a seven-match ODI series in November before heading to the Land Down Under for an ODI tri-series against Australia and India.
“It’s a really exciting winter, with the World Cup at the end,” he said. “The two series we’ve got, in Sri Lanka and then against Australia and India, it should give us a good chance of preparing well for the World Cup.
“It’s an exciting prospect for any player, so all the players are going to do their utmost to get in the World Cup squad.
“There were quite a few distractions throughout the summer, and the way we dealt with it, especially going one-nil down to India then coming back, it was a huge response for us.
“The one day series as it was, with questions being asked about the captaincy, as players we just got on with it. Things like that are down to the selection panel not the media.
“We’re really excited about the winter and hopefully we can put in a good show.”