Captain Cook mulled over skipping truncated ODI

England's ODI skipper Alastair Cook, who scored a match-winning unbeaten 80 against India in the second ODI, considered dropping himself from the match after rain shortened it to 23 overs per side.

Cook shared a crucial opening stand of 67 in under seven overs with Craig Kieswetter, and maintained the tempo on a good batting surface, under lights.

Cook has not played for England in the shortest format for almost two years and said he contemplated stepping aside. "That was mentioned in our dressing room," Cook said after England defeated India by seven wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

"We talked about it. But when we're in a one-day competition you're not allowed to bring new players in for Twenty20. You have to adapt, so I captained."



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