England v India: Alex Hales issues support for Alastair Cook

England v India: Alex Hales issues his support for under-fire captain Alastair Cook ahead of third ODI

By Sam Rogers

Alex Hales has come out in support of under-fire captain Alastair Cook ahead of the third one-day international between England and India at Trent Bridge.

The Notts opener has been in prolific form for his county this season, and made his 50-over debut for England in their 133-run defeat to India, but was quick to defend Cook, who faced criticism from former team-mate Graeme Swann.

“Everyone’s entitled to their opinion but the guys in the dressing room are 100 per cent behind Alastair,” Hales said.

“If you look at his record in one-day cricket it’s a pretty good one and all of the guys are backing him to lead us to bounce back in the series.

“He’s been very confident throughout this series. I’ve only been with him for a short period of time but he is very confident.

“We got off to a pretty good start in that game with a 50 partnership. He is technically sound and I think he will show people he’s the right guy at the top of the order.”

Hales will be looking to kick on in the third match of the series between the two sides, which takes place at his home ground Trent Bridge, where the ground staff faced criticism for the pitch they produced in the first Test of the series earlier this summer.

The 25-year-old is confident however, that the pitch prepared for this Saturday’s match will be of a much higher quality than the one that received a ‘poor’ rating from match referee David Boon.

“We’re expecting a very good one,” he added. “Normally the one-day wickets we play on at Trent Bridge are good batting tracks and I’m expecting a high-scoring game.

“Both teams have strong batting line-ups and it should be a good game. We’re not hiding from the fact that it was a poor team performance all round in the last one.

“We’ve wiped the slate clean and we’re feeling fresh heading into the game.”

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