Anderson backed the ECB’s decision to axe Cook from the one day side.
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England quick James Anderson has backed the England and Wales’ Cricket Board’s decision to drop Alastair Cook has England’s one-day captain.
Cook was left out of England’s 15-man squad for the 2015 World Cup, with Eoin Morgan taking over the reigns as captain.
Anderson says Cook’s form was simply not good enough to warrant selection in the one day side.
“I think if you’re going on form alone, his form in the last 12 to 18 months hasn’t been near the standard that it needs to be to stay in the team and he’ll openly admit that,” he told BBC Radio Five Live.
“I think I saw an interview with him after the one-day series in Sri Lanka and he said that if he gets dropped he’d have to hold his hands up and say his form hasn’t been good enough so I think there is that.”
Anderson added that he felt sorry for Cook because of the amount of work he put into the role.
“I feel sorry for him because he’s done such a lot of work behind the scenes, he’s really taken the captaincy with both hands and he wants to drive the team forward and he’s got a real vision of where he wants the team to go.
“I think that’s probably the biggest disappointment for him, that he won’t be able to carry that on throughout the one-day series and the World Cup.”