Photos: England captain Alastair Cook falls short of half century

Photos: England captain Alastair Cook fails to silence his critics after falling short of half century in final ODI

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Alastair Cook failed to silence his critics in the final one-day international against India after the England captain fell short of a credible half century.

The 29-year-old is coming under increasing pressure to stand down as ODI skipper after England’s dismal performance in the five-match series against India.

The tourists wrapped up a 3-0 win following a nine-wicket victory on Tuesday, leaving England fighting for pride in the final ODI at Headingley.

Despite Alex Hales and Moeen Ali falling to leave the hosts on 39-2, Cook managed to help his side get a stranglehold on their innings alongside Joe Root.

Cook managed to play a number of risky shots which benefitted from some poor India fielding before the captain attempted a sweep shot which he top-edged to MS Dhoni to finish on 46.

“That’s unfortunate for Alastair Cook. He had done all the hard work but the ball spun a bit more than when he swept the ball in the previous over and he got a top edge,” former England batsman Ebony Rainford-Brent told BBC Sport. “It’s a good platform, but he’s not seen the job home.”

Here is a selection of the best photos from Cook’s innings.

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