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England captain Alastair Cook has announced that he has no intention of giving up the ODI captaincy after his side lost their seven-match ODI series against Sri Lanka 5-2.
During that series, Cook only scored 119 runs at a disappointing average of 19.83.
“I haven’t played as well as I’d like on this tour,” Cook said. “I’m working hard on my game, I’m as hungry as ever to score runs.
“You dust yourself off and you go again. I’m captain of my country, yes it hasn’t gone well over the last 12 months with my batting in the one-day game, but I would feel very wrong to walk away.
“If that decision gets taken out of my hands then I have to hold my hands up and say I haven’t been good enough but until that moment I’ll do what I always do. I’ll work incredibly hard. I’m still incredibly hungry to do it.
“No one has any divine right to play for England, and my performances this year in the one-day game haven’t been good enough. If the decision went that way, then I can’t do too much about it.
“I haven’t scored the runs I’d like to have – and we haven’t won the number of games I’d like to have. So if that happens, I can have no complaints. But it’s not been for a lack of effort, or (being) willing to try to improve.”