Carry on Cook into the T20s

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ALASTAIR Cook confirmed he would be staying on for the Twenty20 series after captaining England to a one-day series whitewash over Pakistan.

Kevin Pietersen’s second successive century, a career-best 130 off 153 balls, led England to a four-wicket win in the fourth and final one-day international in Dubai today.

It came after Cook’s first failure of the series but, having registered two centuries and an 80 in the first three matches, he will now stay on as cover for a couple of minor injury worries in the squad.

“I’ve been asked to stay on,” Cook said. “It’s not often you get to hit the ball as well as I have in the last week and a half so it’s important to keep playing. It’s been a really good week and a half for us. We’ve played some excellent cricket. Pakistan had an excellent record. Everyone can be proud of what they’ve done.”