x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Captain Cook asks his players not to take place in team for granted

Having won the World Twenty20 and become the world's top-ranked Test side, the England cricket team aim to put their players forward for 50-over domination.

Alastair Cook has warned that no player is guaranteed a place in his side as England look to become a force in one-day international (ODI) cricket.

After claiming the No 1 Test ranking, and winning the World Twenty20 last year, England are aiming to add world domination in the 50-over game to their growing list of achievements.

They will get an immediate test of their credentials over the next two weeks when they meet world champions India in a five-match series, starting at Chester-le-Street on Saturday. England will do so, however, without one of their star names after Kevin Pietersen was rested for the series.

Reports on Friday suggested that the batsman could also be excluded for the winter one-day tour to Asia and raises some questions about his place in England's 50-over plans.

While Cook, England's ODI captain, reiterated that Pietersen, who has scored just two ODI half-centuries in the past two years, had been left out due to England's rotation policy, he did warn that no one was safe as the selectors look to find a winning formula.

"KP is a world-class player. We said with the management of players he has been rested for this series," Cook said.

"He's part of the programme to rest players who are involved in all three formats of the game.

"There is no guarantee for anything, because we haven't had that selection meeting for India."

Meanwhile, India reacted sharply yesterday to comments by Nasser Hussain, the former England captain, comparing their fielders to "donkeys" during the recent one-off Twenty20 international at Old Trafford.

Rajiv Shukla, the Indian cricket board vice-president, told reporters that Hussain's remarks, which were made while commentating on Wednesday's match, were "totally uncalled for".

"One should adopt restraint while making observations about players," Shukla said.