Alastair Cook is England's Captain for World Cup: National Selector

Despite criticisms against his ODI captaincy, Alastair Cook has received backing from James Whitaker who says the batsman will lead the team in the World Cup next year.

updated: September 24, 2014 18:58 IST
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Alastair Cook has been in the line of fire after England's ODI defeats to India.

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London: England captain Alastair Cook will lead the side at next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after being named Wednesday as skipper for an upcoming one-day international series in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, national selector James Whitaker confirmed.

"He will be our leader at the World Cup," Whitaker told Sky Sports after the 16-man squad for a seven-match ODI series in Sri Lanka in November and December was announced.

Left-handed opening batsman Cook faced questions over his form and leadership throughout all of England's recent home campaign but answered his Test critics by leading the side to a 3-1 series win over India following a defeat by Sri Lanka.

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