Moores: No Cook guarantees

Cook is under increasing pressure after making another low score as England lost the sixth one-day international and the series to Sri Lanka.

The 29-year-old opening batsman is averaging under 18 in the series and made only one run in the 90-run defeat on Saturday. ??

Cook was named captain of England???s provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup last week and he wants to stay in charge, but his position could come under threat following a review of this latest series defeat.

“Alastair has said very clearly that he is very keen to carry on, and wants to remain as captain of England,” Moores told Sports News.

“He knows nobody has got the guarantee of that.

“I hear people say someone’s unsackable. That would be a ridiculous comment.

“We’ve got four selectors, and we always pick what we think is the best team – and that will be no different, moving forward.”

Moores and his fellow selectors – James Whitaker, Angus Fraser and Mick Newell – will announce a 16-man squad on Saturday to head to Australia for a tri-series against the hosts and India.

The touring party will be a World Cup squad in all but one name and must be reduced to a final 15 by January 7.

Invited to clarify the situation, Moores said: “It hasn’t changed.

“Alastair is announced as captain of our World Cup team … but I’ve said, every tour we go on, it will be wrong not to go back, look at everything that’s happened with the other selectors.

“That’s the way it should be. It’s fair to the public that way. We’ll do exactly the same this time.

“But Alastair is our captain, and nothing has changed on that front at the moment.”

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