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
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.