Moores won't name Cook as WC skipper

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England head coach Peter Moores has continued to support ODI captain Alastair Cook, despite yet more calls for his resignation ahead of the World Cup, but hasn't confirmed that Cook will indeed be the captain in Australia.

England head coach Peter Moores has continued to support ODI captain Alastair Cook, despite yet more calls for his resignation ahead of the World Cup, but hasn't confirmed that Cook will indeed be the captain in Australia.

Moores will meet with the other selectors, namely James Whitaker, Middlesex coach Angus Fraser, and Nottinghamshire boss Mick Newell this month, and has refrained from saying that Cook will definitely be skipper.

Moores did, however, say that he didn't like the way the media ignored Cook's achievements over the years, saying: "If I get a frustration, it's when people question Alastair's quality as a player.

"He's still scored more hundreds than any other England player since the last World Cup, he's scored four to everybody else's two. So he's a very fine one-day player, but nobody wants to talk about that.

"I've got a huge amount of respect for Alastair as a player and as a captain. The questioning of him as a cricketer, I think, has been unjust."

But he did say that the naming of the World Cup captain was not a done deal, adding: "He (Cook) knows the England captain should always be robustly debated all the time.

"To make sure that every time you get picked for a series you've got though the process of the selectors (confirming) you are absolutely, categorically, the right man.

"We are going to sit and look at every position, which is right because we've got to pick an England team to win a World Cup.

"That isn't for me to do now, that's for me to do in that meeting in September. This is me being fair to three other selectors."

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