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Am still hungry to lead: Alastair

Birmingham: Alastair Cook said he will carry on as England one-day captain despite the humiliating defeats at the hands of India and with the World Cup just five months away.

“I’m still hungry (to lead England). If the management say they don’t want me, that’s a decision they make,” the England captain told BBC Radio. “The frustrating thing is that every side I seem to play in for England, there's a question about my place. That's a hard place to work from.”

Tuesday's nine-wicket hammering at Edgbaston was the latest of three heavy defeats and helped India to a series victory. Cook's position as Test captain came under scrutiny when India took a 1-0 lead in the Test series earlier in the summer, only for England to complete a 3-1 victory.

“I went from 0-1 down to 3-1. It changes very quickly in sport. My credibility is not for me to comment on,” said the 29-year-old, whose average this year in 13 one-day matches is 29.8. “I know I have to score more runs,” said Cook. “I've done that in the past and I will in the future. I've had three-and-a-half years of experience when it comes to captaincy in one-dayers.

“We've done some really good stuff in that time, but we're having a heavy blip at the moment.”

The latest heavy defeat to India came after the hosts were bowled out for only 206, with the visitors chasing down their target with 117 balls to spare.

Cook took charge of the one-day International side in 2011, leading England to the top of the ODI world rankings in 2012. But England have lost nine of their last 12 completed ODIs under Cook's captaincy against Test-playing nations.

The final game at Headingley, on Friday, is England's last ODI at home before the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. “The players have to look at themselves and turn it around. The guys are hungry to succeed, we're just not delivering at the moment. If anyone thinks his place is safe, then he is wrong.”

(REUTERS)