Not too late to drop Alastair Cook as ODI captain, says Nasser Hussain
England's embattled skipper Alastair Cook received yet another sacking call. Joining this ever growing list of dissenters is former England captain Nasser Hussain.
New Delhi: England's embattled skipper Alastair Cook received yet another sacking call. Joining this ever growing list of dissenters is former England captain Nasser Hussain.
Hussain said that England can still replace Cook as their One Day International captain ahead of next year's Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. But the 46-year-old also said that it should have happened months ago.
"It would not be too much of a gamble. It should have happened months ago," Hussain wrote in the British daily, Daily Mail.
England, under Cook's leadership suffered yet another series defeat in Sri Lanka and it was their fourth in succession. The 29-year-old, who will celebrate his 30th birthday on Christmas, also failed to lead by example.
In the just concluded series, he managed only 119 runs and has failed to hit a half-century in his last 22 innings. Former England players like Ian Botham and Ashley Giles have already expressed their apprehensions regarding Cook's captaincy in the 50-overs format.
Hussain, probably criticizing the skipper's recent awful form, called for a dynamic player to lead the English team.
“More dynamic players should have been given time to bed into the side," he added.
Despite the calls for his sacking, England and Wales Cricket Board named Cook as the captain of their 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup. And they will need to submit their final 15 players for the quadrennial tournament before January 7.
Before the World Cup, they will join India in Australia for a tri-series starting January 16. They will play host Australia in the opener at Sydney Cricket Ground. The ECB will announce a 16-member team for the tri-series on Saturday.