Reports: Cook will remain ODI skipper

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England ODI captain Alastair Cook is set to remain in the role up until and including the World Cup, according to reports, when the squad to face Sri Lanka is announced on Wednesday.

England will face Sri Lanka in seven ODIs in late November, in a build up to the World Cup in the Antipodes, and despite numerous calls for his resignation, Cook is set to stay in charge of the side.

Pundits, including former team-mate Graeme Swann, have called for Cook to give up his ODI captaincy, and even quit the team entirely, in the wake of poor performances for most of the summer, both from the side and Cook himself.

Their most recent ODI series saw them lose three-one to India, with Cook top-scoring with 49, and he also had an average series against Sri Lanka prior to that. But a slow resurgence will see selectors keep faith.

Aside from his captaincy, many have called for Alex Hales to open the batting with Ian Bell, who was Cook’s opening partner in ODIs before Hales’ call-up against India. Bell was dropped to three, rather than Cook removed.

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