Bopara backs captain Cook

ENGLAND all-rounder Ravi Bopara is adamant under-fire cricket captain Alastair Cook should continue to marshall his country in both Test and one-day international formats.

Following Sunday’s seven-wicket reverse to Australia, ensuring defeat in the ODI series with two matches still to play, Cook admitted he was questioning his future as skipper.

But Essex and England team-mate Bopara still believes Cook is the best man for the job.

Bopara said: “I would love him to carry on in both formats. I do believe that your best player should be your captain and I still believe that he is our best player.”

England continue their tour Down Under against Australia in Perth on Friday.