Giles: It's too late to sack Cook now

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Former England coach Ashley Giles feels that it's too late in the game to sack Alastair Cook as ODI captain now, given how close the World Cup is, as there's not enough time to settle a new skipper.

Former England coach Ashley Giles feels that it's too late in the game to sack Alastair Cook as ODI captain now, given how close the World Cup is, as there's not enough time to settle a new skipper.

The call for Cook's resignation as one-day captain was loud during the series against India, which England lost three-one, and Cook failed to impress with the bat again.

But with the next assignment a tough series against Sri Lanka in December, and then the World Cup next February, Giles feels the ship has sailed in terms of a new skipper.

Giles told <i>BBC Radio 5 live</i>: "I'd keep him as captain because we're close to the World Cup. It's important from a leadership point of view.

"The seven one-day games in Sri Lanka are so important. Winning there is very difficult.

"So if the weight of pressure and the public opinion against Cook continues to rise then his position could become untenable by the end of that series."

Giles then said that Cook's 95 in the third Test against India at Southampton saved him, as he was dropped early in his innings and then went on to make a few scratchy half tons as England won the series three-one.

Giles added: "If (Ravindra) Jadeja had taken that catch at Southampton when Cook was on 15 we might already have a new captain – but it's too late to change it now.

"Cook deserves a bit of time but he's not playing well – he's just beating the ball up; he's not caressing it, not timing it.

"He could use his feet more and be a bit more pro-active and that is the Alastair Cook I have seen play well in one-day cricket."

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