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Moeen Ali backs Alastair Cook ahead of final ODI

Moeen Ali says the England players are firmly behind captain Alastair Cook ahead of Friday's one-day international against India.

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England's ODI woes continued when they were consigned to a crushing nine-wicket defeat at Edgbaston on Tuesday, which ensured they suffered a series defeat.

The tourists gained some consolation for their Test series loss as they took an unassailable 3-0 lead with one match remaining at Headingley.

After bowling England out for only 206, MS Dhoni's side reached their victory target for the loss of just one wicket with almost 20 overs to spare courtesy of Ajinkya Rahane's first ODI century and Shikhar Dhawan's sublime unbeaten 97.

England's latest failure led to more calls for Cook to step down or be sacked as ODI captain, but Ali, who top-scored with a quickfire 67 for the hosts at Edgbaston, backed the opening batsman to carry on in the role.

Ali said of Cook: "He's the same as he was in the Test series.

"He's just being Cookie and trying to get everyone playing well and playing well himself. I'm sure tomorrow (Friday) he can do that and we can do it as a team.

"There's still a lot to play for. A lot of the players are still playing for places in Sri Lanka. To win the game for England is important. He's trying to get us to stick together, work hard and execute the plan.

"We're playing for England. He's the captain and whatever he says, we do. He has all our backing and everything. We're just trying to do our best to win the game."

Gary Ballance could get another chance on his home ground after Ian Bell suffered a broken toe ahead of the fourth game of the series at Edgbaston.

Rahane revealed he had sleepless nights after failing to convert starts into big scores in the second and third games of the series and the 26-year-old was grateful for team director Ravi Shastri after his words of wisdom helped to end his wait for an ODI century.

He told the official website for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI): "Somewhere I knew that a big innings was around the corner,

"When you are batting well, you don't think too much. The only conscious effort I made was to focus more between 40 and 50 runs. I spoke to Ravi Shastri and that's what he said as well. Once I crossed 50, I resumed with my natural game.

"I was really hurt with the way I got out in the third ODI " stumped for 45 " and I couldn't sleep that night because it was a silly mistake on my part. But I was really determined in the fourth ODI to make it count.".

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