Captain Cook digs in

Alastair CookAlastair Cook admits there are “no assurances” over his England captaincy but the under-fire skipper has reiterated his desire to lead the team into the 2015 World Cup (England 8/1 – Tournament Winner).

The 29-year-old’s position as the one-day leader has come in for huge criticism in the latest five-match series against India, where the tourists came out as 3-1 winners.

England were outplayed and outclassed by their opponents in the second, third and fourth games as the Three Lions went down with a whimper, leaving huge question marks about the team.

Some lacklustre performances in the batting department and wayward bowling from the likes of Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan and the experienced James Anderson sent the English down in flames.

There were some positive signs for in the final game as they managed to pick up their first win of the series and temporarily lift the pressure from their shoulders.

Joe Root was the star of the show on Friday as the Yorkshire batsman scored 113 to set England up for a 41-run win, with Ben Stokes taking three wickets and the returning Steven Finn claiming two scalps.

The victory may have provided Cook with more time in the role as England captain and the opener insists he wants to be in charge for the World Cup next year.

“While I still want to do the job and still believe I can do it then I will carry on doing it. If they (the selectors) don’t want to me to do it I’d take it on the chin,” he said.

Australia are the 11/4 favourites for the 2015 World Cup whilst India are 5/1 to retain the trophy they won by defeating Sri Lanka back in 2011.

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