Friday 29 August 2014 

We Are 100 Per Cent Behind Cook - Alex Hales

England opening batsman Alex Hales says that he and his team-mates are fully supportive of Alastair Cook as he battles criticism of his role as captain of the One-Day International side.

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Following a 133-run defeat to India in the second game of the five-match series in Cardiff, Cook said that he was disappointed that Swann had said that he should 'not bother' playing ODI cricket any more.

Swann has subsequently stood by his views that England will not win the World Cup in 2015 and that Cook should not be in the team.

However, Swann's former Nottinghamshire team-mate Hales defended Cook one day before the third ODI at Trent Bridge.

"Well everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the guys in the dressing room are 100 per cent behind Alastair (Cook)," he said.

"And if you look at his record in one-day cricket, it is a pretty good one.

"You know, all the guys are behind him and, you know, backing him to lead us and bouncing back against the Indians in this series."

Hales, who made his debut in the Cardiff match, helped England off to a good start, putting on 54 with Cook at the other end, and he adds that Cook is the right man to open the innings.

"We have just played the one game and we got off to a pretty good start with a 50-partnership.

"And he is obviously a very technically sound guy and I think he is the right guy at the top of the order.

"And hopefully he will show everyone this series what he can do."

Having been denied by the weather in Bristol, where the opening match in the series was abandoned, Hales says his ODI debut was a dream come true.

"It is obviously a dream come to true, to have made my debut the other day, particularly after how last season went in first class cricket.

"I have had to work really hard and you know, shown people that I can be more than just a 'T20 slogger', if you will.

"So I am really happy that this opportunity has come along, and even more so in front of a home crowd 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