I won't walk away, says under-fire Alastair Cook

 Alastair Cook said he had no intention of stepping down as captain after his England side lost the seventh and final match of the one-day series against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

I won't walk away, says under-fire Alastair Cook

Colombo: Alastair Cook said he had no intention of stepping down as captain after his England side lost the seventh and final match of the one-day series against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

The left-handed opening batsman struggled for runs again, making just 32 as his team were beaten by 87 runs to slip to a 5-2 defeat in the series. 

"I haven`t played as well as I`d like on this tour," said Cook at the presentation ceremony. "I`m working hard on my game, I`m as hungry as ever to score runs.

"You dust yourself off and you go again. I`m captain of my country, yes it hasn`t gone well over the last 12 months with my batting in the one-day game, but I would feel very wrong to walk away.

"If that decision gets taken out of my hands then I have to hold my hands up and say I haven`t been good enough but until that moment I`ll do what I always do," added Cook.

"I`ll work incredibly hard. I`m still incredibly hungry to do it."

While England were down in the dumps, Sri Lanka paid a warm tribute to master batsmen Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara after they played their final international match on home soil.

"It`s going to be a sad day for all of us," said skipper Angelo Mathews as he looked ahead to the pair`s retirement after next year`s 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

"The service they have rendered over the past 15-16 years has been unbelievable. The encouragement, the guidance they have given to all of us has been amazing." 

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