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Cook considers captaincy role

Alastair Cook has indicated his time as England one day captain could be close to an end after the series defeat to Australia on Sunday.

England have endured a horror tour Down Under, losing all eight games against Australia in 86 days on tour including the 5-0 Ashes whitewash.

That has left the spotlight on their 29-year-old captain and, after the defeats have piled up, Cook has conceded it has left him contemplating his future.

"I think I'm going to have to make a decision on that after you take stock of the next two games (to end the series)," he said.

"We'll sit down and talk over a lot of things. I think there will be some changes.

"I think English cricket needs a little bit of a change as well.

"The last few months we haven't played the cricket we are capable of. We have to look at the reasons why."

Cook was given the backing to remain in charge by the England and Wales Cricket board during the fifth Test in Sydney a fortnight ago.

Asked if he felt his position has been undermined since, Cook added: "I don't really want to get dragged into my position. I think it's been two weeks since someone asked me that question - it's been a long two weeks.

"We have kept losing games of cricket and I haven't been able to turn it around."

As for Sunday's seven-wicket loss in the third ODI in Sydney, Cook told Sky Sports 2: "The first 10 overs we played alright, then we did what you can't afford to do, we kept losing wickets and it's very hard to build momentum.

"Everybody got 20 or 30 but you need to go on. The last game we managed to do that and got a big score. If somebody gets 100, or 80, then you can get 300 and that's what we needed.

"They've won a lot of cricket against us over the past two months and it's difficult to stop that," he said.

"We've got to try to win a game, that's what we have to do."

Eoin Morgan top-scored for England with 54 before falling to a disputed return catch by Dan Christian which sparked a heated exchange between Australian captain Michael Clarke and Morgan's batting partner Jos Buttler.

Morgan stood his ground, believing the ball had not carried to the diving Christian, but was given out by the third umpire.

"He kindly advised me, on his umpiring experience, of his opinion," Morgan said, somewhat sarcastically, of Clarke's involvement.

"I thought there was enough doubt, and having seen the replays I still think that. I'm entitled to stand, it's up to the umpire to give me out.

"There was nothing detrimental or disrespectful said, we had a polite conversation about it."

Clarke himself hailed his bowling attack for restricting the tourists.

"The bowlers did a fantastic job on a pretty good batting wicket and a very fast outfield," he said. "Both our spinners, Xavier Doherty and Glenn Maxwell, did a fantastic job."

It was then left to David Warner to lead the chase with 71, a total matched by Shaun Marsh.

With the series won, both Warner and Clarke are likely to sit out at least the fourth game in Perth.

"He's had an excellent summer and deserves a break, if the selectors are listening, he's a little bit tired," Clarke said of Warner.

He added: "I dont think I'll go to Perth. Obviously we want to win the series 5-0 but the priority was to win the series.

"I think the selectors will give me Perth off but I'll be back for Australia Day in Adelaide."

Warner had already contributed with a stunning direct hit from the deep to run out Ian Bell, gathering after Clarke had got a hand to the ball and fizzing in a flat throw that his skipper had to sway out of the way of.

"I was lucky not to hit Michael, he did a bit of a 'Matrix' thing there!" Warner smiled. "He misfielded and I cleared the mess up."