Tuesday 26 August 2014 

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."

Explosive opening batsman Hales was due to make his ODI debut before the opening match in Bristol was washed out.

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.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs