Joe Root Defends Under-Fire Alastair Cook
Responding to comments made by Graeme Swann and Michael Vaughan suggesting that Alastair Cook should not be part of England's One-Day International squad, Joe Root has launched a staunch defence of his skipper.
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Both Swann and Vaughan have written off England's chances of winning next year's World Cup and questioned why Cook remains part of the one-day team.
However, one day before the second ODI against India in Cardiff, Root - just as he and a number of his team-mates throughout the summer - says he and his team support their captain.
"Well he is a leader, our leader, in one-dayers and Tests, he has done well for a number of years and we all back him," he confirmed.
"He is a fantastic player. He has got all of our support," he said. "He compliments well with a player like Alex Hales so hopefully that can be shown in this series.
"Like I say we are all very excited and want to show everyone what we can do as a one-day outfit so, hopefully, going into tomorrow that can start."
And Root adds that although that means England will have one fewer match than planned as they begin the build-up to the World Cup, their focus remains very much on this series and beating a strong India side.
"It's obviously something we are planning towards but we cannot look too far ahead of India.
"We know we're going to have to play well to beat them but we are in a very good place as a team at the minute and the whole squad is really looking forward to tomorrow."
Video courtesy of SNTV.
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