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4th ODI: England stare at another whitewash but rally round Cook

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Jan 23, 2014 at 01:50pm IST

Perth: England will be battling to avoid another series whitewash in the fourth one-day game against Australia on Friday, and are rallying round their beleaguered captain.

Australia triumphed by seven wickets with 10 overs to spare in the third one-dayer in Sydney on Sunday to sweep the series 3-0, with Alastair Cook admitting for the first time he will reconsider his captaincy after the weekend's final 50-overs match in Adelaide.

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But England spinner James Tredwell says the team that also lost the Ashes 5-0 still has some fight left in it and supports Cook. "We've spoken a lot about pushing back and giving them a bit of their medicine," Tredwell said. "We're trying to be really honest with ourselves. We understand that we've not been good enough on this tour.

4th ODI: England stare at another whitewash but rally round Cook

Australia triumphed by seven wickets with 10 overs to spare in the third one-dayer in Sydney to sweep the series 3-0.

"It's now looking forward to how we improve that and look forward to the upcoming games, not only in this series, but the rest of this year going in towards the World Cup next year." Tredwell said England needed to be strong and turn things around. "No-one likes losing. The Aussies have shown that. They've spoken about how the pain can drive you. We'll certainly be trying to use that to our advantage."

Tredwell underlined that the team had urged Cook to remain at the helm despite his doubts. "We were all down after the last game ... Alastair more than most," Tredwell said. "As captain you do tend to take a lot of that on yourself. "But we've had a really good chat and he was at the forefront of that, and we want him to take charge going forward."

England tormentor Mitchell Johnson, who won the Allan Border Medal for Australia's player of the year on Monday, takes on the vice-captaincy in Perth and is determined to make it nine and then 10 wins in a row against the old enemy.

"England have destroyed us in the past," the 32-year-old said. "We've been asked if we feel sorry for them, and we've all said no because of that reason. "Hopefully we can win this one-day series 5-0 as well, and send them home without a victory against us."

Probable XIs:

Australia: George Bailey (C), Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade (wk), Daniel Christian, James Faulkner, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Coulter-Nile.

England: Alastair Cook (C), Ian Bell, Ben Stokes, Gary Ballance, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wk),Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan, Steven Finn.

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