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Bob Willis
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Bob Willis backing Eoin Morgan to take over England one-day captain

Willis believes Cook should step down

Eoin Morgan: The man Bob Willis would like to see captain England

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Bob Willis feels Eoin Morgan is the right man to take over if Alastair Cook stands down as England's one-day captain.

Cook was non-committal about his future in the role after Australia secured the Carlton Mid One-Day Series on Sunday with a seven-wicket win in Sydney on Sunday.

He is expected to be in charge for the final two games in Perth and Adelaide as England look to avoid a second 5-0 whitewash of the Australian summer, but beyond that there is every chance a new captain will be needed.

Stuart Broad would appear favourite to take over, as he already skippers England's Twenty20 side, but Willis favours Morgan who does have captaincy experience, having taken charge when Broad was absent in India in 2012-13.

Broken man

Willis also feels Cook will be making the right decision if he does step down.

"He doesn't seem to be able to motivate this side at all - clearly the chastening experience of a 5-0 Test defeat has left an indelible mark on Cook," Willis told Sky Sports.

"One feels a little bit sorry for him as he matches into press conference after press conference trying to explain away England's shortcomings.

"He looks a completely broken man - I think that last wicket stand between Faulkner and McKay has just about put the final nail in the coffin of this tour, things are just going from bad to worse.

"If Cook is to step down then I would have though (Eoin) Morgan would be right at the top of that list.

"He's a very, very canny one-day thinker - you can tell that by the way he bats in the 50 over game - and in the 20 over game.

"Some people have been critical of him taking his chance in the IPL but he's an innovator and that's what England need."