Cook happy to open with either Hales or Bell

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England captain Alastair Cook says he will do his job as opener in the ODIs against India the way he always has, regardless of who his opening partner is, as long as someone scores the runs.

England captain Alastair Cook says he will do his job as opener in the ODIs against India the way he always has, regardless of who his opening partner is, as long as someone scores the runs.

The selectors have included Nottinghamshire's Alex Hales, in line for his ODI debut, though he is already England's premier T20 opener. Ian Bell is Cook's traditional ODI partner, but that is set to change.

Cook was unbothered by this, insisting: "I don't think it changes my role. The job of the top four or five is to try and score a hundred, and win the game by setting up the game.

"You have to try and do it in your way. I have got to convert starts into scores. That's the job of an opener.

"When you win one-day matches, it's a common theme one of the top four or five has scored a hundred."

The skipper then went on to say that while India were the world champions in ODIs, and would relish the change from Tests, he still felt they would have a tough time in English conditions, like they did in the five-dayers.

Cook continued: "A change of format will obviously do them good. It's not quite the same ground-hog day for them, probably.

"We've got to remember they're world champions at 50 overs, so they obviously know what they're doing and will probably go into this [series] as favourites.

"But, if we play well, we're hard to beat in our conditions."

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