Michael Vaughan insists Alastair Cook and Ian Bell should be dropped from ODI squad

Last Updated: 04/09/14 8:28am

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Michael Vaughan: Feels Alastair Cook must end ODI duties

Michael Vaughan: Feels Alastair Cook must end ODI duties

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Former England captain Michael Vaughan has called for Alastair Cook and Ian Bell to be axed from the one-day international squad.

There have been renewed calls for Cook to step down as ODI skipper after England suffered three successive heavy defeats against India in the past week.

But Vaughan believes the squad needs an overhaul ahead of next year’s World Cup and urged selectors to also consider dropping Bell, who is already ruled out of Friday’s fifth match at Headingley with a fractured toe.

The Warwickshire batsman has played 148 ODIs for England, but contributed just 29 runs in two matches during the series.

"It means sweeping away a lot of baggage and having a clear-out of guys like Cook and Ian Bell," Vaughan wrote in the Daily Telegraph.

"But England one-day cricket needs a refresh.”

Admitting his own struggles in the shorter game, the 39-year-old added: "Mike Atherton, Nasser Hussain, Andrew Strauss and myself thought we could do the job - but we were Test match cricketers and could not adapt.


"Cook is cut from similar cloth and, at the moment, he is dropping players from the team who are better one-day cricketers than him.

"The captain is going up to players telling them they are not in the team - and they must be looking back wondering 'how are you still in it?"'

Vaughan wants Alex Hales and Jason Roy to be given prominent roles in the side and pointed to Eoin Morgan as the natural replacement for Cook.

"With six months to go, other teams are looking at this side and hoping that Cook remains as captain, and opens the batting at next year's World Cup - because they know if that happens England will not be a threat," he said.

"I am speaking out now because, with 13 games to go to the World Cup, there is time to make a difference."

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