BIRMINGHAM: England captain Alastair Cook said he will carry on as England one-day captain despite the latest humiliating defeat at the hands of India and with the World Cup just five months away.
“I’m still hungry to do it. If the management say they don’t want me, that’s a decision they make, 29-year-old Cook told BBC Radio on Wednesday. “The frustrating thing is that every side I seem to play in for England, there’s a question about my place. That’s a hard place to work from.”
Tuesday’s nine-wicket hammering at Edgbaston was the latest of three heavy defeats and gave India the series win. Ex-players such as Graeme Swann are calling for him to step down as one-day skipper.
Cook’s position as Test captain came under scrutiny when India took a 1-0 lead in the that series earlier in the summer, only for England to complete a 3-1 victory.
“I went from 1-0 down to 3-1. It changes very quickly in sport. My credibility is not for me to comment on,” said opening batsman Cook whose 2014 average in 13 one-day games is 29.8. “I know I have to score more runs,” said Cook. “I’ve done that in the past and I will in the future.
“I’ve had three-and-a-half years of one-day captaincy experience. We’ve done some really good stuff in that time, but we’re having a heavy blip at the moment.”
The latest heavy defeat by India came after the hosts were bowled out for only 206 at Edgbaston, with the tourists chasing down their target with 117 balls to spare.