Moeen Ali adamant Alastair Cook has complete England backing

Moeen Ali insisted Thursday that the England team were fully behind Alastair Cook in his role as one-day international captain.

Moeen Ali adamant Alastair Cook has complete England backing

Leeds: Moeen Ali insisted Thursday that the England team were fully behind Alastair Cook in his role as one-day international captain.

Cook came through a tough examination of his leadership credentials during England`s 3-1 Test series win at home to India.

But he has been under renewed scrutiny during a one-day series with world champions India, where England face a whitewash if they don`t win the finale at Headingley on Friday following three heavy defeats.

Several leading pundits, including former England captain Michael Vaughan, have urged Cook to quit the one-day game with the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand just six months away.

But all-rounder Ali, whose 67 in his series debut at Edgbaston on Tuesday was a lone England highlight in a nine-wicket loss, said no-one within the squad wanted Cook to quit.

"He`s been the same as he was (in the Tests)," Ali told reporters at Headingley on Thursday.

"He`s been exactly the same with the lads. He`s been Cooky, trying to get everyone playing well, trying to do well for himself and I`m sure tomorrow (Friday) he can do that and play well.

"There`s still a lot to play for, players are playing for places and to win a game for England is important."

Ali added: "He`s been the same, trying to get us to stick together, working hard and executing a plan."

Asked if England were now playing to for Cook, Ali said: "A little bit. We are playing for England, he`s the captain and whatever he says we do.

"He`s got all our backing and like any other game for England we`re trying to do our best."