Captain Cook drops out of tour of West Indies after latest loss

Julian Harris
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ENGLAND captain Alastair Cook revealed he will skip next month’s trip to the Caribbean after his side lost the final one-day international in Australia yesterday.

Cook hit 39 in Adelaide, while decent innings from Joe Root and Eoin Morgan – adding 55 runs and 39 runs respectively – gave the tourists a good chance of beating Australia’s total of 217.

Yet wickets continued to tumble and the last, that of James Tredwell, fell in the final over, with England six runs short of victory. The result meant Australia won the series 4-1.

“It’s been a real tough tour for me. I am not exhausted, but I’m ready to put the pads away for a couple of weeks or so,” Cook said. “I won’t be [going to the Caribbean]. The Twenty20 guys have got their World Cup in Bangladesh and I think we see it as a great six weeks for them to start building the team.”

On Wednesday England will play the first of three Twenty20 games scheduled before leaving Australia.

The limited-overs tour of West Indies, including three one-dayers and three Twenty20s, takes place in February and March.

Cook does not play for the Twenty20 side, which is captained by Stuart Broad, meaning that he will sit out the rest of the Australia tour and does not need to prepare for the Twenty20 World Cup, which starts in Bangladesh in March.

Meanwhile in the women’s Ashes, England lost the final one-day match in Hobart yesterday, falling to a four-wicket defeat. However, they lead the points-based series 8-4 and only need one Twenty20 victory from three matches to win the Ashes.