Time to rally round Cook

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Alastair Cookphoto: AP
Alastair Cookphoto: AP

England will be battling to avoid another series whitewash in the fourth one-day game against Australia on Friday, and are rallying round their beleaguered captain.

Australia triumphed by seven wickets with 10 overs to spare in the third one-dayer in Sydney on Sunday to sweep the series 3-0, with Alastair Cook admitting for the first time he will reconsider his captaincy after the weekend’s final 50-overs match in Adelaide.

But England spinner James Tredwell says the team that also lost the Ashes 5-0 still has some fight left in it and supports Cook.

“We’ve spoken a lot about pushing back and giving them a bit of their medicine,” Tredwell said.

“No-one likes losing. The Aussies have shown that. They’ve spoken about how the pain can drive you. We’ll certainly be trying to use that to our advantage.”

“We were all down after the last game ... Alastair more than most,” Tredwell said. “But we’ve had a really good chat and he was at the forefront of that, and we want him to take charge going forward.”

England tormentor Mitchell Johnson, who won the Allan Border Medal for Australia’s player of the year on Monday, takes on the vice-captaincy in Perth and is determined to make it nine and then 10 wins in a row against the old enemy.

“England have destroyed us in the past,” the 32-year-old said.

“Hopefully we can win this one-day series 5-0 as well, and send them home without a victory against us.”AFP



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