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Peter Moores backs England captain Alastair Cook for World Cup

Peter Moores has come out in defence of England cricket captain Alastair Cook after criticism over his one-day international form.

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The opening batsman averaged 29.50 in the five-match series with India recently but came under pressure as England were outplayed in a 3-1 series defeat.

Former internationals Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann and Michael Vaughan have all called for Cook to step down from the 50-over format to concentrate on Test matches but Moores has backed his skipper.

The England coach is adamant that the 29-year-old deserves his place in the side but admitted he needed to improve his consistency ahead of the World Cup in Australia next year.

"If I get a frustration, it's when people question Alastair's quality as a player," he said. "He's a bloke who's scored five one-day hundreds and who is a very fine cricketer and a very fine batter.

"As captain, you go through a lot of pressures. This summer has had some real highs and some tough parts - and as captain, you are going through all that.

"I think he has shown an enormous amount of fortitude to go through some of the criticism he has had. In one-day cricket, he would say he would have loved to gone on and got more hundreds.

"(But) he's still scored more hundreds than any other England player since the last World Cup - he's scored four to everybody else's two.

"He's still in the top 10 run-scorers in the world since the World Cup.

"He's had a period of time where he hasn't played as well as he would want to, and he's got to try to get and better."

Cook has scored 3977 runs in ODIs since making his international debut in 2006, but has not hit a century since June 2012.

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