Australia v England, 3rd ODI, Sydney January 19, 2014

Cook may quit one-day captaincy

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Cook to step down from ODI captaincy?

Alastair Cook has hinted that he will consider his future as England's one-day captain after the series in Australia and, for the first time, appeared to be wavering over his role in the Test side as well.

Cook was powerless to stop Australia cantering to a 3-0 series lead in Sydney - their eighth consecutive loss of the tour - less than 48 hours after watching them snatch an incredible last-over finish in Brisbane, when England appeared to have finally secured an international win since leaving home.

"I'm going to have a decision on that stuff after the next two games. We will sit down and talk about a lot of things. I think there will be some changes, English cricket needs a little bit of a change," he said. "The last two months we haven't played the cricket we are capable of and we have to look at the reasons why."

On the eve of the one-day series, in Melbourne, Cook had struck a more upbeat note, having been given reassurances about his captaincy from Paul Downton, the new managing director of England, but when asked again about his leadership of both formats he seemed less sure.

"I don't really want to get dragged into my position," he said. "I don't know what I'll feel like when I get home. It's been two weeks since someone has asked me that question and a lot has happened. We have kept losing and I haven't been able to turn it around."

Although this tour has been hugely difficult for Cook, both from a captaincy and batting point of view, this was the first one-day series he had led in since England reached the final of the Champions Trophy, where they lost to India, in June.

Cook has been one-day captain since 2011, when he took over from Andrew Strauss a year before being elevated to the Test job. In that time has secured home series wins against Sri Lanka, India, West Indies and Australia and away successes in Pakistan and New Zealand.

The prospect of a 10-0 sweep on this tour remains across the formats that Cook captains, which are then followed by three Twenty20 matches where Stuart Broad will lead. Cook said he still had the drive to see out the last two matches in Perth and Adelaide, however.

"I've got a job to do, to try and turn it around and win one of these games. That's the task in hand. I'm competitive, I want to leave everything out on the pitch."

If Cook was to stand down from the one-day role the captaincy choice would appear to come down to Broad or Eoin Morgan. It would be a natural elevation for either with Broad already having the T20 role and Morgan having stood in for the matches against Ireland and Australia last year when Cook and Broad were both rested. An advantage for Morgan is that, as a batsman, and one currently not in the Test line-up, there would be less need for him to be rested at any stage.

Michael Clarke, who will miss the next ODI along with David Warner, Brad Haddin and Shane Watson, can draw on first-hand experience over the last 12 months of being in charge of a team in a similar state to England, but did not want to get drawn into Cook's situation.

"I don't think feeling sorry for an opposition captain is the right thing to feel," he said. "I know to a certain extent what Alastair's going through because we've experienced some tough times as a team, and it is a tough as a captain, but at the end of the day I'm here to help Australia have success and we've experienced a lot of defeats in the past couple of years. I think it would be very silly for me to put myself in Alastair's shoes because I'm not there."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Craptastic on | January 21, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    @200ondebut - if Cook has no say in England's strategy, then yes he should stand down as captain. The coaches help but Cook as captain makes the calls, not Flower

    @aahahaa - great call on Morgan, would be a really good choice. I just think Broad is a bit too young and impetuous to be captain.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 20, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    @Lexington North on (January 20, 2014, 13:45 GMT) You're kind of right. The plans worked in England and may work in England again but they've not worked well out here. The point is they stick to one plan for all teams and all conditions. I'd say unless you're head and shoulders above your opposition then (whatever sport you're in) you have to be more adaptable

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 20, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    @CS- PPS - Not sure where you got your stats from and I dont disbelieve you but I've just gone through Ravi's stats for the 2013 ODI matches for England and I make it that the matches where both played and both batted in 2013 (and I've done this in my head so if I'm wrong it's my bad and not trying to cook the books). I make it both played 8 matches (where both batted) and both had 2 not outs - I make that an average of just over 41 for Jos and 36 for Ravi. Jos scored 244 compared to Ravi's 216. I've not done the SRs but reckon that would be significantly in Jos's favour too. Obviously the stats change if you include the 101 not our Ravi scored vs Ireland where Jos did not bat but IMO they'd have swayed further in Jos's favour had he come in at 6 in that game. That 100 was Ravi's only ton in about 90 inns (and not all at 6 or 7) and it's against Ireland which to me says it all. Ravi is a very talented player but for whatever reason doesn't do it enough for England.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    yes he shud step down as a captain ,,,,,

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    It's easy to jump on the bandwagon about Cook's ability as Captain. It wasn't so long ago that England under Cook, had beaten Australia 3-0 and the ODI squad getting to the final of the Champions-Trophy. It's amazing what a horrible tour can do to your self-confidence, his batting has suffered and the players look demoralised, so there'll be doubts about his ability to lead. So maybe it is best for him to focus on Test Matches alone, that's easily his best format. Carberry should replace Cook for Friday's ODI and let Morgan lead. Cook needs to talk to the Coaching staff, Management and Selectors on how to kick-start the summer season on where some of the seniors stand, have a much needed break from Cricket, then going back to Essex by playing some county-Cricket and getting some valuable time in the middle to regain some form and confidence, leading up to Sri Lanka and India during the English spring/summer series.

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | January 20, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    I cant believe for one minute that Englands tactics are decide on the field of play by the Capt alone. They come from the back room staff - Cook (and the players) job is to deliver against them.

    Perhaps the problem is that England have become to formulaic - and actually what is needed is a change of coaches.

  • POSTED BY aahahaa on | January 20, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    To me Morgan should be given the captaincy of both T20 and the one day sides. Broad is a ver good bowler on his day but no great tactician.plus he has got a prima donna attitude whichisnt good at all. Get Hales in the side. Keep Mills, Overton cand Topley close keep Btesnan Bopara Bairsrow Tremlett Far away fromwhere you play. get rid ofGiles Gooch and Mushtaq pronto and beefore you wind up get rid of Sakrr too. Coaches who cant help proven talent like Cook Root Finn and Swann to performis no use to anyone. SL andIndians are coming to the shore.Now is the time to experiment. Cook and Flower dont work togrther with their similar outlook You need one of them to be a bit more in the face. Get Cookto develop a bit more aggro not animation a la clarke but intent like MS.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Cook shouldn't step down. It is just a bad patch in the career. I am sure that he has got ability to come out strong. This is testing time, no need to be disappointed. Come on England.

  • POSTED BY salazar555 on | January 20, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    If Bopara's only going to get 20 runs off 40 balls then he needs to go. He wasted that power play (35-40) and then got out. In my opinion he adds a huge amount of pressure to Morgan by doing nothing to help build the score in the middle overs.

    I don't know why he keeps getting picked, he can't seem to score more than 25 and usually wastes 40-50 balls doing it. Give Woakes a run out, the series is gone anyway

  • POSTED BY jamespapa on | January 20, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    I am not a satisfied with decision at all. It's just the 1 series you can't leave captaincy for 1 poor series. Cook is still young and he is capable of doing well, it's just the matter of time. This is where I like M S dhoni he is cool and calm he never gives up. Cook should learn something from Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY Craptastic on | January 21, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    @200ondebut - if Cook has no say in England's strategy, then yes he should stand down as captain. The coaches help but Cook as captain makes the calls, not Flower

    @aahahaa - great call on Morgan, would be a really good choice. I just think Broad is a bit too young and impetuous to be captain.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 20, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    @Lexington North on (January 20, 2014, 13:45 GMT) You're kind of right. The plans worked in England and may work in England again but they've not worked well out here. The point is they stick to one plan for all teams and all conditions. I'd say unless you're head and shoulders above your opposition then (whatever sport you're in) you have to be more adaptable

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 20, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    @CS- PPS - Not sure where you got your stats from and I dont disbelieve you but I've just gone through Ravi's stats for the 2013 ODI matches for England and I make it that the matches where both played and both batted in 2013 (and I've done this in my head so if I'm wrong it's my bad and not trying to cook the books). I make it both played 8 matches (where both batted) and both had 2 not outs - I make that an average of just over 41 for Jos and 36 for Ravi. Jos scored 244 compared to Ravi's 216. I've not done the SRs but reckon that would be significantly in Jos's favour too. Obviously the stats change if you include the 101 not our Ravi scored vs Ireland where Jos did not bat but IMO they'd have swayed further in Jos's favour had he come in at 6 in that game. That 100 was Ravi's only ton in about 90 inns (and not all at 6 or 7) and it's against Ireland which to me says it all. Ravi is a very talented player but for whatever reason doesn't do it enough for England.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    yes he shud step down as a captain ,,,,,

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    It's easy to jump on the bandwagon about Cook's ability as Captain. It wasn't so long ago that England under Cook, had beaten Australia 3-0 and the ODI squad getting to the final of the Champions-Trophy. It's amazing what a horrible tour can do to your self-confidence, his batting has suffered and the players look demoralised, so there'll be doubts about his ability to lead. So maybe it is best for him to focus on Test Matches alone, that's easily his best format. Carberry should replace Cook for Friday's ODI and let Morgan lead. Cook needs to talk to the Coaching staff, Management and Selectors on how to kick-start the summer season on where some of the seniors stand, have a much needed break from Cricket, then going back to Essex by playing some county-Cricket and getting some valuable time in the middle to regain some form and confidence, leading up to Sri Lanka and India during the English spring/summer series.

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | January 20, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    I cant believe for one minute that Englands tactics are decide on the field of play by the Capt alone. They come from the back room staff - Cook (and the players) job is to deliver against them.

    Perhaps the problem is that England have become to formulaic - and actually what is needed is a change of coaches.

  • POSTED BY aahahaa on | January 20, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    To me Morgan should be given the captaincy of both T20 and the one day sides. Broad is a ver good bowler on his day but no great tactician.plus he has got a prima donna attitude whichisnt good at all. Get Hales in the side. Keep Mills, Overton cand Topley close keep Btesnan Bopara Bairsrow Tremlett Far away fromwhere you play. get rid ofGiles Gooch and Mushtaq pronto and beefore you wind up get rid of Sakrr too. Coaches who cant help proven talent like Cook Root Finn and Swann to performis no use to anyone. SL andIndians are coming to the shore.Now is the time to experiment. Cook and Flower dont work togrther with their similar outlook You need one of them to be a bit more in the face. Get Cookto develop a bit more aggro not animation a la clarke but intent like MS.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Cook shouldn't step down. It is just a bad patch in the career. I am sure that he has got ability to come out strong. This is testing time, no need to be disappointed. Come on England.

  • POSTED BY salazar555 on | January 20, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    If Bopara's only going to get 20 runs off 40 balls then he needs to go. He wasted that power play (35-40) and then got out. In my opinion he adds a huge amount of pressure to Morgan by doing nothing to help build the score in the middle overs.

    I don't know why he keeps getting picked, he can't seem to score more than 25 and usually wastes 40-50 balls doing it. Give Woakes a run out, the series is gone anyway

  • POSTED BY jamespapa on | January 20, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    I am not a satisfied with decision at all. It's just the 1 series you can't leave captaincy for 1 poor series. Cook is still young and he is capable of doing well, it's just the matter of time. This is where I like M S dhoni he is cool and calm he never gives up. Cook should learn something from Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | January 20, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Its unfortunate for Cook that two of his most important senior players had had their fill & left him to it. Not that i blame Trott or Swann but imagine if Clarke had lost two of his best players at the start of the 1st 2013 ashes series. Imagine if he'd lost Haddin & Harris. It would have been much tougher.

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | January 20, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    Cook was underdone this series - they should have added Onions

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 20, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    @salazar555/Chris Dezso- I'd keep Bopara in the SF sides more as a bowling all rounder and maybe he'd not be my 1st choice to come in for the last 8 overs but the plan is that we'd have more runs on the board with 8 overs to go if Buttler had more time at the crease anyway

    @dunger.bob - Obviously I disagree but I'm surprised at an Australian doubting his talent as he has done pretty well against your side in the last 2 ODI series. Maybe fortune favours the brave with these guys. Jos averages 50 in the equivalent format in England so I'd say you dont average 50 over a few years if you dont have something about you. I dont think he's been at his best in this series by a long way but even so in the 1st 2 ODIs he scored 49 and 34 not out with very little time at the crease. No one's scoring big runs with a combined 68 balls in 3 inns and I'd say 87 runs isn't such a bad return. I thought you may have been impressed with his display vs Aus in the home ODI series mind

  • POSTED BY arup_g on | January 20, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    Cook just needs some time away from the game rather than consider to step down from the ODI game. He has a good ODI record as captain, BUT i don't think he is inventive enough. He follows a very 'English' method to captaincy, but in this modern day he needs to thinks out of the box like the smartest captains out there - Dhoni. Dhoni has been the best ODI captain for many years now purely because he is willing to take a risk (which sometimes pulls off), but backs his own ability.

    Eoin Morgan for me looks like a more inventive captain because he himself is a very inventive batsman, however I don't think a captaincy change 1 year before a World Cup is the right choice.

    Stuart Broad should NOT be the ODI captain whatsoever. He shouldn't be captain in any format, but certainly not the ODI team. If anyone is to be considered it has to be Morgan.

  • POSTED BY liz1558 on | January 20, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    @ DarrylRod - it won't be long before the zip has gone from MJs bowling and he's being zipped around the fields of SA, and in 2015 (if his confidence hasn't merely zipped away by then), being zippity-doo-dahed around the fields of Blighty, as he returns to bowling to the left and to the right...A leopard can't change its spots, old boy.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 20, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    @CS - PS in the last 6 inns (working backwards) which is from the last 2 series Jos, scores are 4,49,34no,42,65no,75 and Ravi's scores are21,24,17,62,7 and 1 and we wont even look at the SRs. Personally I don't think we should even be thinking about the 5 day game for Jos at any stage in the foreseeable future and I fear that the 5 day game would more likely impact on his SF form than the other way around. I just say what I see. His average needs upping but no one has a better SR in the Eng set up. Not sure how many more (if any) have a better SR in the world

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 20, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    cook ur the best

  • POSTED BY Thegimp on | January 20, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    I start to feel sorry for Alistair and then I remember the smug look and smug after game press conferences after just beating Australia over there and then I bannish that sympathy. I don't think he is right for the job, I think he inheritted a very good structure and very good team from Straus and has done little to improve or match it. In fact a fine machine is now lying in a burnt out heap in the middle of the highway of International Cricket.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 20, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    @CS - Can promise you it's not Somerset bias and as you mentioned Jos is no longer at the club so if it was I'd be clammering to get him out of the side and be replaced by Craig any time he fails. If it was I'd be trying to get Craig and Trego in the side (although I think there's reason to give the latter a go). os (IMO) is the future of our SF team and if given the responsibility can become a huge star.Look at both's stats Ravi averaging 32.08 at 79 and Jos 27.5 at 126 and that after a really awful start to his international career (both with SR and average) and having to bat (sometimes with tail) in the last 5-10 overs with no time to get himself in. I'm sure his SR would come down but IMO his ave would go up if batted up the order. For me you cant have a guy coming in during the middle overs when already behind the game who struggles after 30 deliveries to score at a SR of 58. Jos will have a SR of less than 100 on a bad day. Ravi will have a SR of near 100 on a good day

  • POSTED BY ATIMAYANK on | January 20, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Come on cook! Dhoni has an ongoing of 0-9 in away tests and still he is unmoved. He even shamelessly lost a series to you guys in his own backyard. And you are considering your options already? And unlike you, who have won a few overseas series Dhoni is yet to win any against a major opposition. Stay! English cricket needs you.

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | January 20, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    cook would have lost his place in playing 11 had he played for any other team in the world. He is poor odi and t20 batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Is England going to be blue wash? ( test series white wash + one day series white wash = Blue wash )

  • POSTED BY wanatawu on | January 20, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    I think England was over-Cook-ed this summer.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Please Cooky, give it some time! The Indians will be visiting you this summer; all your batters will run in to form as they come face to face with the colossal Ishant! All your bowlers including Jimmy will come roaring back to form as our Indian batters grope to counter the swing under English conditions! You will have a good time for the next year or so and then you can start worrying about the Ashes again.

  • POSTED BY DarrylRod on | January 20, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    I seriously would like to hear what Sir Ian Botham has to say right now. In Sept or October, he boldly predicted that England will be 5 zip against Australia. The superior cricketeers were oozing with class (his words) will destroy them. I do not remember anything he said about the ODI series. Right now, its 5 zip in the ashes and 3 zip in the ODIs. What say you now Sir Boofy? England just got scared out of their pants facing MJ. They couldnt handle the pace. In the ODIs, there's too much juggling and mix and match and teetering with the squad. Cookie seems lost or is lost. the players have had enough. There is a class system within the England squad. the "Cant be dropped" against "fill in the blanks" players. Looking at the highlights from game 1 of the ashes to the most recent game 3 of the ODI, the players dont seem to want to be in the team. I say drop the whole lot and take those that WANTS to be in the team.

  • POSTED BY sachinssnn on | January 20, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan, apart from SL, England is the team i liked the most. But it's sad to see that they are going nowhere at the moment. Cmon, every one has a flop in their career..it's not always a purple patch..but i think England do need a change. I don't understand why they are not picking the guys who is in form to play. (same goes with SL). If England want to change their fortunes they should make Morgan as Captain. They should include Luke Wright as well. Combination should be like this for ODIs. 1. Wright 2. Hales(he is no1 T20 batsman i guess) 3. KP 4.Bell 5. Bopara 6.Morgan 7. Buttler 8. Bresnan 9. Anderson 10 . Finn 11. Monty

  • POSTED BY Chesty-la-roux on | January 20, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Cook, graham swan, and the rest of the english team would do well to read and comprehend some Robert Service, they should start with his brilliant treatise on how to succeed, 'The quitter'. You can find it with google Alistair.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    English cricketers are probably mentally weakest of them all. One failure, and you have people leaving tour with stress related illness, announcing retirement, internal fighting and now Cook is going to quit ODIs. Come on man have some spine. Have some muscle to bring it around. Aussies got drilled all over the world yet they were determined to bring it around and look at them now. England need to have a postive attitude. Yes England lost the third ODI but Cook was awesome in his short stay. He is the best person to lead England, he just need to be little more aggressive in his captaincy and his batting.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    I think Buttler would be perfect coming in at 5 or 6 he could bat for 15 overs as opposed to six or 7

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    Cook can quit ODI captaincy but I hope he continues to play ODIs, at least until the world cup. He's not at his best at the moment, but he's a very good batsman.

  • POSTED BY DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on | January 20, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    @thetrueview cook will never be sachin of england team bcz tendulkar's contribution in odi is 1000 times more worth than cook. May be in tests but not in odi's

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    Finally everyone is listening to me Cook is a good batsman whose batting got destroyed with him being captain. Once he is relived of the captaincy his batting will come back and England will recover because Bell, Trotts and Peterson will also start scoring big hundreds again

  • POSTED BY OneEyedAussie on | January 20, 2014, 0:38 GMT

    I really feel for Cook. He's been given an XI that could hardly be called England's best.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2014, 23:26 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK: Whilst I agree with you, England *were* comfortably the best 2020 side for about 2 years around 2009, including winning the world cup. Those plans *can* work, with the right players, they just do not have those players right now.

  • POSTED BY Silverfeather on | January 19, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    Whatever they do please don't let it be making Broad captain. The way he has given his wicket away on this tour time after time just shows he's petulant and arrogant.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    Ok a bad tour and with a young captain. Cook needs to learn from this or be replaced. Otherwise a good but hard learning curve. Cook is not a 20/20 or 1 day player, let alone captain.

    However, the England management are currently destroying players. I see from today they are started on Stokes - putting him at 3. Especially after what England did to Root, Taylor and Bairstow. Not to mention Kerrigan, Compton and Finn. As well as driving Bresnan and Tremlett into the ground.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | January 19, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    Cook's a good man and conducted himself with dignity throughout all of this. I don't know if he should step aside or not but I am sure that whatever happens Cook will at least think it through and make a fair and rational decision. He's just that sort of bloke.

    @ JG2704 : "Out of interest am I the only person who thinks that Buttler should come in before Bopara in any shorter formats side?" .. No doubt this will get me into trouble, but I reckon Buttler is hopeless. He looks wrong as a batsman and a bit messy with the gloves. If he ever makes decent runs against us it'll be a fluke just like nearly every run he's made so far in this series. .. As a counter-balance, our Aaron Finch is a similar proposition imo.

  • POSTED BY Yasi_Gee on | January 19, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    England need to find two openers who can score runs fast taking full advantage of the power play. Bring Michael Lump, Alex Hales or Luke Wright and ask them to go after bowlers otherwise England never going to win a world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2014, 22:20 GMT

    @JG2704 I probably agree but then what is the point of having Bopara in the team? Is he really the guy you want coming out to bat with 8 overs left?

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | January 19, 2014, 22:08 GMT

    The turgid Essex triumvirate of Cook, Flower and Gooch desperately needs to be replaced. Cook should remain as an ODI and test player but as a skipper - no way. Flower and Cooch should be replaced immediately. Talk about an uninspired duo.

  • POSTED BY ShutTheGate on | January 19, 2014, 22:03 GMT

    Why doesn't Morgan captain Ireland and help elevate their status and Broad captain the limited overs matches.

    This changing team thing when you're an adult or mid teens is ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY azaro on | January 19, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    Well Cook has certainly not covered himself with aplomb in both the test and ODI series for sure. My sense is he should give up the ODI because he really is at all at sea there and Clarke really makes him look like an amateur but just may be he could do better in the test role?

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    Cook should have come home after the Test series. You have to go up the chain to find out why he didn't. Not Flower's call. Ashley Giled farting about. Downton not yet in place. So it was a Collier/Clarke decision to put him through more torture. Nuff said,

  • POSTED BY salazar555 on | January 19, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    @JG

    I don't think Bopara should be in the team full stop let alone come in before Buttler. His batting is going no where, all he does is mount more pressure on Morgan to hit ball after ball out of the park while he gets dot ball after dot ball and the occasional single. He can't score more than 25 and it's usually off 40 balls

    He's dead weight that needs to be cut loose

  • POSTED BY Ms.Cricket on | January 19, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    The English selectors are more responsible for the mess than anyone else. Among the players already on tour the team for the next ODI in batting order should be Cook (c), Butler, Bell, Ballance, Morgan, Bopara, Stokes, Broad, Bresnan, Jordan and Tredwell.

  • POSTED BY kensohatter on | January 19, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    If England are adamant in keeping Flower than KP must go (which I dont agree with because I dont see how you can retain a coach after a 5-0 drubbing) especially at the expense of your top run scorer and best counter attacking weapon. That said if they do retain Flower KP must be replaced by Morgan. Cook must go from the ODI side all together to focus on test matches where he should remain capt. Then make Broad ODI captain and Morgan his deputy. It just has some consistency about it then. This tour has been a shambles bt England will bounce back

  • POSTED BY AlSmug on | January 19, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    but wh to replace....the bad sport Morgan ? he has no idea what the spirit of the game is, England have hit rock bottom it was made official yesterday

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | January 19, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    @Darren Cook Mike Denness was Scottish. Nasser Hussain was born in India, as was Colin Cowdrey. Tony Greig, Allan Lamb, Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen were born in South Africa. Why single out Eoin Morgan? It's a multi-racial society and the law demands equal treatment.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | January 19, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    re the succession to ODI captaincy. If Cook gives ir away then Morgan would be for me. Broad is a bowler and he can add input to the tactics but should concentrate on bowling. he may feel differently but I ma sure it is just as necessary for him to remain pantomime bad boy too rather than appear with angelic wings. Re Morgan I was very iimpressed by him last summer. He looked a man in a team of boys.

  • POSTED BY MATIAS666 on | January 19, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    In my opinion I don't think he should be participating in limited over cricket for England. Our opening batsmen should be someone who can take advantage of the powerplay and I honestly don't believe he is the type of batsman who can. I agree with a few of the other people, Morgan would be my captain for the shorter format.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | January 19, 2014, 20:32 GMT

    @JG2704 Graeme Swann *did* captain England in T20, once against India and twice v The Windies., with a 2-1 winning record.

    You sometimes show a slight Somerset bias (OK, Buttler has left Somerset)! In 2013 Ravi Bopara scored more runs in ODIs than Jos Buttler in 7 fewer matches, at double the average and an only slightly inferior strike rate (better than any other England batsman who scored more than 100 ODI runs in 2013). So, I think that the answer to that is, no. Buttler is a very fine prospect, but is still very much hit and miss and, for the moment, Bopara should go in ahead of him.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    keep cook as test captain and give him the choice to play as a batsman if he wants to. Morgan/ Pieterson one day captain. Kp should be vicecaptain of the test team

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | January 19, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    Yeah yeah we've heard all this before; big promises made and changes to strategies promised, but we've seen naught. Of course all teams go through rough periods - not least Australia just a few mere months ago! But whereas all other teams seem to do something about it and work incredibly hard on rectifying things, England have been far too rigid/stubborn for too long now. Spin bowlers dominating the rankings in short formats for decades now, and England insist on using one or none; at least six bowling options needed and England generally insist on five; seamers like Broad don't seem to know what a yorker is; batting line-ups set in solid stone and power hitters only brought on too late; fielding placements are an absolute joke... It's all very well having the players, but without strategies, execution and form you're hardly going to lead any raking tables nor win any trophies.

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | January 19, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    I think this is a great idea for English cricket. Get Morgan to captain the ODI and T20 sides.

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | January 19, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    Morgan should be in the test team.If you follow Bell as a batsman,he waits for bad balls that any school boy could dispatch and in todays gams there are lots of bad bowling.He is not capable of demoralizing an attack.Check how many dot balls he receives in any inning compared to the boundaries he hits.Morgan is a busy batsman that can tear an attack to pieces.He should be the ODI captain.Broad is not a very good captain.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    If Morgan wasn't Irish then I would suggest him.

  • POSTED BY Digimont on | January 19, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Based on what England (as a team and as individuals) have shown on this tour, Cook should remain captain of the test side, there is no natural and ready replacement (certainly not Bell or Pietersen, Prior's own game is such a mess he may not make it back, Broad - quicks should never be captain in a long format). No point in giving Morgan the one day captaincy if workload is a concern, because he's a certainty to be added to the test line up now.

    I'd give the one day captaincy to the young, but impressive Stokes (but please don't bat yourself at 3). He has the heart for it, and the all-rounder's mindset isn't a bad way to go. He may even make the grade and eventually replace Cook.

  • POSTED BY AamirKhan-SuperStar on | January 19, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    This is a sad news. I did watch last two matches and really seems like England have failed to produce any magic moments on the field. Cook should be given rest. Let him get his mind fresh and come back purely as a batsman. Captaincy is robbing him of his game. Wishing you good luck Cook, things will surely change for you.

  • POSTED BY Happy_hamster on | January 19, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    Apart from a catalogue of poor tactical decision making England have been denied Cook the opening batsman, the middle order have been exposed and it has all imploded. Broad for test captain (how long since a bowler was in charge) and Morgan for the shorter formats, Cook will most likely stop playing in ODI's and if this gets the test player back then so be it.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    I feel sorry for Cook. He is a good batsman but clearly he is not currently leading from the front which is his strength. I am unsure whether he really is strategic enough to drive any the team, he does not seem to be a driver at all.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 19, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Out of interest am I the only person who thinks that Buttler should come in before Bopara in any shorter formats side?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 19, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Quite a few have mentioned about KP not taking part in the series and about him being made captain. Problem is that KP himself queried the schedule and surely that is a big reason why he is not playing in either of the 2 SF series in Australia. I'm sure that this was agreed with KP before he renewed the ECB contract so basically (in this instance) it may be KP who needs to answer as to why he's not playing as much as the selectors. I wouldn't mind KP retiring from the test arena and just play shorter formats or be rested from the odd test in order to be available for shorter formats but that's not going to happen. Basically it's impossible to pick a captain who plays so little cricket

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 19, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    RIP england cricket.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 19, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    I'd love to have seen Swann as captain of shorter formats but it was not to be

    Not sure who I'd have as captain but for me it would be NON test player.

    Don't see too much wrong with Morgan. An unknown quantity as a captain but he seems to think on his feet and have a good shorter formats mindset. The one doubt is his commitment and I'd want him to go nowhere near the test team as I feel he'd overcompensate on his positive game (as we've seen with others) and it may affect his SF game. As for the side - I'd like to see a whole revamp from management downwards and have it look more like the T20 side than the test side with few (maybe no) test players in the set up so we don't have anyone carrying baggage from test defeats (as in this series) and (if we've just won a test series) we dont have anyone whose hunger can be questioned.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | January 19, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    @seantells Broad is already captain in T20. I wonder what you would have said when the Test captaincy went to "bad boy Hussain"? Nasser Hussain was no choirboy. In fact, his reputation was far worse than Stuart Broad's, but he matured remarkably with the captaincy. I would have thought that the dignity with which he has handled the hate campaign against him in Australia and the fact that he is the one bowler who could compete with the Australian pace trio should have ended such short-sighted analysis.

    The fact that you can't identify an alternative is no reason to persist with the wrong person in the job.

    One of the problems with England players not playing county cricket now is that they do not get captaincy experience in the way that they did pre-Fletcher. Sadly, the days when Mike Brearley or Ian Botham could captain both their county and England are long gone, but then, other sides seem to get around this problem.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Mr. Alastair Cook appears to become increasingly more flummoxed with each successive defeat, as is evidently reflected in his poor field placements and bowling changes at critical stages on the tour.

    All these losses must surely be taking a toll on his ability to lead a team now in total disarray. As has been said, defeat breeds defeat, just as victory becomes a habit. Cook needs time away from the captaincy!

    Whether he relinquishes it voluntarily or have it taken away, it now appears that his days in that capacity are numbered. It may be a blessing in disguise for him as it will allow him time to focus exclusively on his batting which has taken a nosedive under the pressure of captaincy, a concomitant casualty, so to speak!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 19, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    @Anthony Mason on (January 19, 2014, 13:03 GMT) I see T20s as our best chance and ironically Cook is no part of that

    @noor114 on (January 19, 2014, 13:10 GMT) Isn't Bartsaw that tool used in the Simpsons?

    @InsideHedge on (January 19, 2014, 16:22 GMT) Agree with most of your comment , however I'd have a non test player as captain so there is some continuity (won't be rested etc)

    @Charlie Ellis on (January 19, 2014, 13:51 GMT) Just one issue with the side. Why would you play Stokes at 3? He could neither rotate the strike or tee off today. Re Morgan - sometimes I doubt his commitment but I reckon not watching much cricket might not be a bad thing. Reckon you can over annalyse things and become rigid as opposed to thinking on your feet. KP doesn't play enough cricket to be captain - regardless of other issues

  • POSTED BY seantells on | January 19, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    If it isn't Cook who to do the job? in the current team I dont see any of the players with Captain in him, if Broad it will be a joke and disaster KP is a contender but not sure where he's heading from here. and do not chose Morgan and spoil his talent neither Bell.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | January 19, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    It is hard to know what Cook should do,because he is not succeeding in his main task which is to score runs. If he needs a parallel then he may be heartened by the fact that Tendulkar was not captain of India for very long. we need those big innings from Cook in both forms. It is simple. Until 2 months ago everything else seemed okay but we have gone through the nadir experience quite unexpectedly. England do need a change or two. I have my own views on the upper echelons of ECB which would make cricket primary and money secondary though I would note that cricket success would generate more revenue. Cook's position is less clear. We basically just want those hundreds though and that is clear as daylight,

  • POSTED BY Kalan9211 on | January 19, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Broad has a temperament problem and he also not outstanding bowler or all rounder. He should not be ODI captain. T20 is enough for him

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | January 19, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    I honestly didn't follow this series, but i saw this article and got surprised and sad. Cook, as far as I know, is a great man. He is captaining material. Just a few months ago, they won at home, and it was so nice. Sometimes, things go wrong, but they are lessons for us to become better. God send us different people with different experiences in our lives to make us better. We know Cook is not greedy for captaincy, and he doesn't have to prove it, he's a class act, and most have enormous respect for him. Rather, oppositions will be delighted if he quit captaincy. Because he is the right person and if that right person leaves, life is easy for them. Try to be bit tougher, at least from outside. Hakuna Matata! No worries. Please don't quit, you can bounce back! Fight back! I'm a neutral fan in this, just I don't care who wins. But Cook is a great man!

  • POSTED BY liz1558 on | January 19, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    @inside hedge - not sure what the point of your sourness is. Hussain, vaughan and strauss were all the inevitable choices as captain because of their performances as players and clear leadership abilities, and were all successful. The only captain in the last 25 years to really be known as FEC from a young age was Mike Atherton. And even then, on his Lancashire locker, the E stood for educated. Little imagination required to guess the other two words. Presumably your overuse of the word bloke is a sign to everyone that you're a fair dinkum aussie, mate. Living in England by any chance? Either way, he was the right choice at the time - a natural successor rather than FEC. Most English blokes are of the opinion that he should go and most probably be replaced by Bell.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | January 19, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    It is a pity for Cook that he has allowed this to happen. The last thing that he needed after the Tests was an ODI series when his own form has been a problem. England got into a winning position in the 4th Test and in the 2nd ODI and lost both tamely. For me, the defeat in the ODI was more serious because the only person who was not aware of his mistake in continuing with Stokes when he overs from everyone else still available.

    It would have been better if Alistair Cook had been allowed to go home after the Tests and left the ODI captaincy with Broad or Morgan, or stood down once Broad came back. At the end of the Test series his position was still reasonably strong: now it is weaker by the game and the sense of chaos is getting worse.

    England are not a poor side. They are a decent side that has spent 2 years underperforming (save for a couple of series) and that has made some very poor managerial choices and are paying a high price for them.

  • POSTED BY punter-gilly-haydos-mcgrath-warne on | January 19, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    If it will happen, it will be Cook's first correct tactical decision for the tour.

  • POSTED BY dabbadubba on | January 19, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    cook will take eng to no 8 in rankings

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    just give captaincy to Eion Morgan and just play as free player. Cook is not bad batsman but captaincy is now taking toll out of him. need to relax.

  • POSTED BY Akhter786 on | January 19, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Cook has led England to the disaster that may take years to recover from. He is the worst captain among the top ten of the game today. Even Misbah is certainly the more strategic and creative than him. I can't believe him saying that losing can somehow help England in the upcoming World Cup in Australia!!! England team is blown into pieces. And i least expected Clarke's Australia will do it in such a ruthless mercenary way. RIP english cricket for sometime now.

  • POSTED BY ToadyB on | January 19, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    I don't see how he can remain as captain after throwing out the idea that he was ready to quit. Seems like a foregone conclusion now and that sitting on the fence for another couple of weeks is only prolonging the agony. I think that's a shame - he's a competent skipper who has had a very bad series. He could have learned from that and moved on, perhaps giving up the captaincy of the ODI side to allow him to focus on test cricket. England have always travelled poorly and their cricketers have always been mentally fragile but this recent collapse in form against a very ordinary Australian side seems to have deeper roots and reflect a decline in team discipline and cohesion. It's past time that the English management took a firmer line, which means dropping disruptive players like Pietersen and Broad and imposing tighter standards on all the players: late for training, fined and dropped; speak out of turn and get fined, dropped and banned for social media, etc.

  • POSTED BY sardarmayana on | January 19, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Hi Readers, I have a great respect for Mr Alistair Cook as person and Test Player and possibly as Captain for Test Team. However, I never thought it was a Prudent Decision to make him one day Captain. The reason Mr Cook was never versatile or quick scoring kind of guy or I believe can think of feet to make spot decisions. In addition I do not believe he commands respect as he is not a Leader for One day Style game and neither is Stuart Broad as Twenty Twenty Captain. It needs personalities Like Eion Morgan or someone who can be dashing and yet a calm personality. I hope what I said makes sense. I wish all the best for Mr Cook and if he resigns it is a correct decision.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | January 19, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Clearly, the job of captaining the Test team as well as the ODI side has been too much for him. We have not seen the best of Cook, the world class opening batsman, for a good while now. The problems of a marshalling a belaboured a side that's generally misfiring have taken their toll on his form leaving his confidence shattered. The is no role in team sport that is as onorous as captaining an international cricket team and it would appear that, great guy that he is, AC has not got those qualities. There is no shame in that; some of the greatest bats in history would not have made good skippers. He has tried his hardest; his commitment has been without question and in the final analysis, it is not his destiny. Typically, by confronting his shortcomings he has shown honesty and courage. I have been very critical of his time leading England, because I could see what it was doing to him. The question now is whether he should relinquish not one, but both captaincy roles. I think he should.

  • POSTED BY balajik2505 on | January 19, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    I really don't know. Sometimes I feel that this is not the time to take a decision, when the team is on a downward spiral. Afterwards maybe. Morgan could take over in the LOI's, simply because Broad is part of the cabal in the team. There seems to be a clique in the English team; Anderson, Broad and Bresnan. These 3 seem to be simply undroppable. Broad of course has performed, and Anderson is seen as the bowling captain. But why is Bresnan, who is obviously not match-fit continuing in this team? What has happened to Steven Finn? If his confidence is shot, should'nt the role of the team management be looked at? One hopes Chris Jordan survives the selection. If his bowling goes down, there is something obviously rotten in this team.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | January 19, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    In Cook's defence, I'll admit that he proved many of us wrong with his performances in ODIs. I was shocked when he was first selected for the ODIs, let alone made captain. He's grown as a ODI opener and done pretty well but it's obvious that he's not a good skipper. He's not as bad as Shane Warne likes to point out but there's a lot of truths in his criticism of Cook's strategic (defensive) play.

    However, Cook is not an automatic choice for the ODIs, therefore making him captain was a decision that was doomed from the beginning. There are plenty of alternatives but making Broad captain isn't one of them. He has behavioural issues that have never been rectified along with a tendency to be unavailable thru injury thanks to his status as a bowling all rounder.

    For me, Bell should be the Test captain and Morgan the ODI skipper. I'd make Morgan the T20 skipper too but Broad would probably throw a hissy so we'll have to wait on that one.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    the loss of england in odi is because of selectors not ac because keep kp and jimmy in the squad

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Put Pieterson in! Someone needs to be a bit more aggressive to lift this England team!

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | January 19, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    If England displayed even an iota of the flair and unorthodoxy that comes with the modern game, Cook would never have been appointed Captain in the first place. He has no captaincy credentials whatsoever given that he never regularly captained his county team, Essex, but more importantly he never demonstrated any acumen for the job at a youth level.

    England have the famous moniker FEC (Future England Captain). It's usually given to a bloke who's undeserving but fits the traditional image of an England captain. In the old days, a candidate had to be Oxbridge educated and be the owner of a minimum of 3 middle names.

    You'll now find Eng fans claiming there's no alternative for the Tests when there's 10 other blokes who are better suited. The most obvious candidate is Ian Bell who has plenty of experience captaining Warwickshire, and he's demonstrated an acumen for the job.

    Regards ODIs, Cook was a controversial pick as a batter, nevermind skippering the team.

  • POSTED BY 2MikeGattings on | January 19, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    I favour Goeff Boycott's idea that there should be a separate squad of players for the 50 over game. I suggest Ireland.

  • POSTED BY Captain_Tuk_Tuk on | January 19, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Cook wants to quite captaincy after just 1 bad tour? Hats off to Misbah who is glued with the captaincy after so many bad tours. Irleand, Zimbabwe, Champions Tropgy :/

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    A child could manage Team england better than the ECB, Flowers Cook and Co! Selection is nonsensical, rejigging of players roles midway through a series, all the trust being put in people like Stokes, Balance & Root who have done next to nothing on the world stage (a case in point is the fact of persisting with Stokes as the main bowler in the last game when he was single handedly serving Faulkner and Oz the match on a plate. Meanwhile others operating at 4 & 5 economy were ignored. Stokes et all seem to be the equivalent of the 'Kings new clothes' Lets face it Cook's captaincy has been 1 dimensional since the start. He has ridden the wave that strauss created, and like all waves things have come crashing down. He himself has done zero (captaincy wise) in the job, he is basically just an ECB robot, with no original thought process, views or strategy in any match scenario when things arent going his way. He has looked clueless in the field, and God help us if Broad gets the gig!

  • POSTED BY jayg24 on | January 19, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Tear up the Cook book.... it's time for a new England recipe :-D

  • POSTED BY kieranbob on | January 19, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    The performances are pathetic and it has come from players and coaches getting complacent for too long. The planning has been nonsensical as well. Headlines about the tallest team for years and then non of them play, picking carberry because of his one day performances at county level and then not pick him for the odi s .why cook feels the need to bat first each time they win the toss on the one days is a mystery

  • POSTED BY sreni on | January 19, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Finally, the things what i predicated are coming true. Replace Cook either with KP and find a place for Hales and bring in Anderson for Bresnan, never allow Root to even watch the oneday's..If Eng still loses..let it be, but atleast selection wise it is their best team..

  • POSTED BY hardjumper on | January 19, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    Bell should replace Alistair Cook as Test Captain, then Cook's batting form will miraculously return.. Morgan should replace him as ODI captain; why not split it three ways?

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | January 19, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Cook is pretty lame as a captain.Is he really the best mind in English cricket. His defensive captaincy cost them the Ashes.England needs to bring Hales in their ODI set up.The opening pair of Cook and Bell is too defensive.Ideal Xi- 1. Hales 2.Bell 3.KP 4.Balance 5.Morgan 6.Bopara 7.Buttler 8.Broad 9.Tredwell 10.Anderson 11. Onions

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Cook may quit (one-day*) captaincy - delete if applicable!

  • POSTED BY TheTrueView on | January 19, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Cook is England's Tendulkar. He should of course continue playing both the formats - 50 overs & Tests! He is in the same situation where Tendulkar was in the 1999 India-Aus series. There was a solution for India then, Sourav Ganguly. Do England have a Ganguly? Well, they need to find a strong, aggressive and assertive leader for sure...God save the Queen's team!

  • POSTED BY DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on | January 19, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    i just want to compare cook with AB, but what i find is cook is nowhere, nowhere near to evergreen AB of all formats, AB will beat cook in any time.

  • POSTED BY salazar555 on | January 19, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Get Hales, Lumb and Wright involved in the one day team, cook and Root should concentrate on test cricket. This one day and T20 stuff needs big hitters at the top, actually big hitters all the way down the team

  • POSTED BY salazar555 on | January 19, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Cook said he wanted to carry on playing ODI cricket and he believed he was still good enough to play. If he does still play then surely he would have to be captain?

    He's taken a lot of stick during this tour and I imagine his brain is scrambled and he doesn't know what to think. He should probably wait until he gets back to England so he can have a long hard think about it.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    A sensible decision. Truth is England set up a strategy to win the Champions Trophy at home. Solid accumulators in the top 3 (Cook, Bell, Trott) to counter 2 new balls in swinging conditions and then maximise with wickets in hand in the last 10-15. And it almost worked. But building to the World Cup in (mostly) Australia in 2015, the new ball won't swing so much and so a careful approach is less necessary. England need a hitter up top and Bell has been more fluent than Cook in the last two years, so Cook is no longer an automatic pick. Besides, he will certainly have his work cut out in rebuilding the Test side and getting his own form in order. Morgan touted widely but I hope it doesn't affect how he plays. I've also heard he takes little interest in watching cricket, which is worrying! Either way, I don't see many other alternatives (KP, anyone?!). ENG World Cup XI 2015 - 1Bell 2KP 3Stokes 4Root/Ballance 5Morgan* 6Buttler+ 7Bopara 8Bresnan/Jordan 9Broad 10Tredwell/Briggs 11Anderson.

  • POSTED BY deol84 on | January 19, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    cook is little over cooked,need a break.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    Cook's a great player, but he wasn't in the ODI side a while ago. He has scored some valuable runs since he's been in the fold but this tour just hasn't gone his way both as a player and as Captain. I think he's still needed in Test Cricket, but if he chooses to leave the ODI set-up, a dynamic opener like Hales or Kieswetter would be a great asset to the team. It might be wise to use the last two games against Australia just to shuffle the team around and look towards the 2015 World Cup. It's being held in Australia & New Zealand, so a little exposure won't do them any harm.

  • POSTED BY oze13 on | January 19, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    I'm afraid as a Captain he simply doesn't cut the mustard. He's a worse Test captain so he might as well pack that in as well! The whole tour has been way beyond shambolic!

  • POSTED BY RuhulChowdhury on | January 19, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    England can never be a force in ODI's because of terrible team selection and all these negativity in players and support stuff. They have the individuals to do well but you cant expect them to be a world-beater if they cant play together for more than one series. Just look at how many ODI's was missed by Swann, Pietersen, Anderson etc. England never really had a stable XI for ODI's. Changing the captain isnt the solution for them. England need to identify a settle XI and few backup players who can be drafted into the XI without disturbing the team's balance when required.

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | January 19, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Cook should drop himself from the ODI side. He may still be good enough to play in the test side though. It would be good if he give up the test captaincy to someone like Bell and focus on his batting for a while.

  • POSTED BY SAF-Fan-no-1 on | January 19, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Cook is not for ODI person, leave him for good agreed. Get Moin Ali on top order Leave Root also, ask him to find his form - Moin will be very handy top order batsman as well as googly off spine bowler. Get James Taylor no.3 and Bartstaw No.4 - That would be very ideal for ECB. Opener should be Bell & Moin Ali - No.3 James Taylor 4. J. Bartsaw, 5 Morgan as a Captain of English Team, Drop also Broad - Bresnan - Get good Bowler like Onion.

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | January 19, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    "...English cricket needs a little bit of a change" (Cook)

    Now there is an understatement

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | January 19, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    From the title of this article I suggest the word "may" be replaced by the word "should" and that the words "one-day" are deleted.

    This summer has shown up the serious inadequacies of Cook as a captain. Good batsmen do not necessarily make the best captains - Tendulkar is another example - look at what happened to Tendulkar - he was relived of the captaincy and became one of the top 5 batsman of the recent past. Cook could do the same.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 19, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    As an England fan in Australia it has been a demoralising few months. Whilst I have been a fan of Cook he has clearly run his time as captain, the defeat snatched from the jaws of victory earlier thus week can I believe be put down to some questionable captaincy decisions. Most notably with bopara the most economical bowler only bowling 5 of a possible 10? Can only see another 5-0 thrashing in odi series and possible whitewash in t20s.

  • POSTED BY vimal03 on | January 19, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Good decision. His tactics are not suited to the format. Bring KP in the team and let Morgan or Broad to lead. Cook should work hard to get in the format )All in Test). He lost his style of cricket in this series.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    it will be the right decision considering the present scenario ,they not only need to change the captain but the approach to odi cricket also....

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | January 19, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    If he did give up the one day captaincy, I'd have a lot of respect for him. I love his batting and him as a person, and this would prove he has a sensible head.

    Morgan for me would be the obvious replacement, as he has experience, if an automatic selection for the ODI team, and won't have too much of a burden or need for rest because he does not play test cricket, and should be quite low in the pecking order for doing so.

    I'd actually consider dropping Cook for good from the ODI side, and go for a different approach at the top. Possibly Hales or Vince or Root or Carberry or Pietersen (but I'd rest Root for West Indies series)

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  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | January 19, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    If he did give up the one day captaincy, I'd have a lot of respect for him. I love his batting and him as a person, and this would prove he has a sensible head.

    Morgan for me would be the obvious replacement, as he has experience, if an automatic selection for the ODI team, and won't have too much of a burden or need for rest because he does not play test cricket, and should be quite low in the pecking order for doing so.

    I'd actually consider dropping Cook for good from the ODI side, and go for a different approach at the top. Possibly Hales or Vince or Root or Carberry or Pietersen (but I'd rest Root for West Indies series)

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    it will be the right decision considering the present scenario ,they not only need to change the captain but the approach to odi cricket also....

  • POSTED BY vimal03 on | January 19, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Good decision. His tactics are not suited to the format. Bring KP in the team and let Morgan or Broad to lead. Cook should work hard to get in the format )All in Test). He lost his style of cricket in this series.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 19, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    As an England fan in Australia it has been a demoralising few months. Whilst I have been a fan of Cook he has clearly run his time as captain, the defeat snatched from the jaws of victory earlier thus week can I believe be put down to some questionable captaincy decisions. Most notably with bopara the most economical bowler only bowling 5 of a possible 10? Can only see another 5-0 thrashing in odi series and possible whitewash in t20s.

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | January 19, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    From the title of this article I suggest the word "may" be replaced by the word "should" and that the words "one-day" are deleted.

    This summer has shown up the serious inadequacies of Cook as a captain. Good batsmen do not necessarily make the best captains - Tendulkar is another example - look at what happened to Tendulkar - he was relived of the captaincy and became one of the top 5 batsman of the recent past. Cook could do the same.

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | January 19, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    "...English cricket needs a little bit of a change" (Cook)

    Now there is an understatement

  • POSTED BY SAF-Fan-no-1 on | January 19, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Cook is not for ODI person, leave him for good agreed. Get Moin Ali on top order Leave Root also, ask him to find his form - Moin will be very handy top order batsman as well as googly off spine bowler. Get James Taylor no.3 and Bartstaw No.4 - That would be very ideal for ECB. Opener should be Bell & Moin Ali - No.3 James Taylor 4. J. Bartsaw, 5 Morgan as a Captain of English Team, Drop also Broad - Bresnan - Get good Bowler like Onion.

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | January 19, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Cook should drop himself from the ODI side. He may still be good enough to play in the test side though. It would be good if he give up the test captaincy to someone like Bell and focus on his batting for a while.

  • POSTED BY RuhulChowdhury on | January 19, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    England can never be a force in ODI's because of terrible team selection and all these negativity in players and support stuff. They have the individuals to do well but you cant expect them to be a world-beater if they cant play together for more than one series. Just look at how many ODI's was missed by Swann, Pietersen, Anderson etc. England never really had a stable XI for ODI's. Changing the captain isnt the solution for them. England need to identify a settle XI and few backup players who can be drafted into the XI without disturbing the team's balance when required.

  • POSTED BY oze13 on | January 19, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    I'm afraid as a Captain he simply doesn't cut the mustard. He's a worse Test captain so he might as well pack that in as well! The whole tour has been way beyond shambolic!