Alastair Cook should stay as ODI skipper until World Cup - Grayson

Alastair Cook
Cook averaged 29.50 during the one-day series against India

Essex head coach Paul Grayson says Alastair Cook should be allowed until after the World Cup to decide his future as England's one-day captain.

Cook's position in the national 50-overs side has come under scrutiny since the 3-1 series defeat by India.

"I think he's the man to lead the side forward," Grayson told BBC Essex.

"I know he wanted to lead the one-day side to the World Cup and maybe he will assess it then and think it's time to just go back and do the Test side."

England have won a solitary one-day series against a Test-playing nation since 2012 and a number of former players have called for Cook to quit, with the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand just over five months away.

England's one-day international focus
21 November - 16 December: ODI series in Sri Lanka (seven ODIs, two warm-ups)
7 January-1 February: ODI tri-series v Australia & India (in Australia)
14 February-29 March: ICC Cricket World Cup (in Australia & NZ)

Before then, the team will play seven 50-over matches in Sri Lanka in November and December before facing Australia and India in a triangular series down under in January.

"They've taken it so far now, with the World Cup around the corner they would be stupid to lose Alastair as captain now," said Grayson.

"He's trying to lay the foundations for that big competition which is less than six months away."

England have made 29-year-old Cook unavailable for Essex's final three County Championship matches of the season.

Essex are still in with a chance of winning promotion from Division Two, but will need positive results in all three of their fixtures, starting with this week's visit of Kent.

"We'd have loved him to play the last three games and help our promotion push," said Grayson.

"Everyone at the club knows what he's been through and we understand he needs to rest up for a while."

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