England news June 19, 2014

Cook rails at Warne criticism

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Alastair Cook has called for "something to be done" about what he sees as personal attacks upon his ability as a captain by Shane Warne.

Warne, who has a column in the Telegraph and works as a pundit on Sky Sports, has been a persistent critic of Cook since he was appointed to the England Test captaincy at the end of 2012. Often describing him as "boring" and "negative", he even suggested Cook should be replaced by Kevin Pietersen or Graeme Swann ahead of the winter Ashes series.

Just as Warne used to test the patience and confidence of many England captains as a bowler, he has continued to trouble them as a pundit. While his recent criticism has been no more severe than normal, the repetitive nature of his comments - and he is nothing if not consistent - appears to have worn down Cook. The England captain finally snapped on Thursday in a radio interview with the BBC.

"Something needs to be done," Cook said, "because in three years I've been England captain I have just, in my eyes, been criticised for a hell of a lot of that.

"Yes, when we lose games of cricket as a captain you get criticised. But I've also won a lot of games cricket for England, won more one-day games than anyone as England captain, won an Ashes, won in India away and that's what I'm proud of as well. So to be criticised for three years, totally, with those results, I find quite hard to take to be honest with you.

"Support and positivity is what this England team needs. The crowd at Lord's were brilliant, the public there were fantastic, got behind the lads and they really drove off it and a bit more support like that will hold everyone in good stead."

Asked whether he thought the criticism was personal and whether a century at Leeds, where England play Sri Lanka in the second Test, would change anything, Cook replied: "Yeah, I think it is [personal]. It probably won't change anything, which is sad."

Quite what Cook means by "something to be done" remains to be seen. The prospect of the ECB attempting to interfere in the editorial stance of independent media companies would surely be most unwelcome.

It is unlikely Warne will be discomforted by Cook's words. Indeed, he may delight in Cook's irritation. Warne's loyalty to Australia is never too far from the surface and there were times over the recent Ashes series when he appeared to be goading England to change the tactics that had served them well in the previous few years. The 'mental disintegration' he used to attempt on the pitch, he continues to deliver from behind a microphone. Cook will, at least, enjoy some respite in Leeds, as Warne is not part of the Sky team for the game.

And while Cook may win some sympathy from those who find it ironic that Warne accuses anyone of being boring - suffice it to say his commentary stints are remarkably consistent - his somewhat intemperate comments risk making him appear weak and defensive. This was an occasion when Cook might have been better advised to play with the straightest of bats.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Rons on June 24, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Sorry, but Cook is a boring captain. He is too predictable and lacks charisma. He is too professional.

  • bjcm12 on June 24, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    Well said Warney ! You are correct - Cook is very immature.

  • on June 23, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    As always the comments tell a story. When your best defence against a charge of mediocrity is 'yeah but the other guy is worse', you start to worry. I mean, I may be a talentless hack - but I can still beat my grandad, so it's all good right?

  • ScottStevo on June 23, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    @oscoli67, what a warped perception you have of that Oval test match. On day 4 Cook was given the opportunity to play on in the exact same conditions and declined. The reason being, had he bowled his spinners in the poor light, Clarke and Aus would undoubtedly have amassed enough runs to completely write England out of the match - considering as it was they didn't make the runs anyway. If you wish to look at time wasting and taking your beating, need only look at the English that afternoon messing with their laces every other over. Funny how you Poms manage to see that game as lost due to our time wasting whilst selectively forgetting it was your lot that wasted the previous day. It's rather comical really...

  • Ross_Co on June 22, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    @oscoli67 - Declarations are only stupid if they directly contribute to a side's defeat - a la Flintoff in Adelaide. In Clarke's case even if the last pair had put on another 100 runs it wouldn't have changed the result. What might have changed it was an Indian collapse while there was still life in the pitch. Had that happened I suppose we'd all be agreeing with you that Clarke is a genius. I don't know about that but I do know that he thought outside the box in the face of apparently certain defeat so I suppose that does make him Rommelesque, as you say. Whatever happened at the Oval is not in the same league as Cardiff 2009 - not even close to the same league. Regarding where Clarke's record will head in the future, he has managed some fairly impressive results without Johnson's assistance but I dare say that if the back room chaos of the India & England tours is ever replicated. the mediocrity you fear will probably become a possibility. It just won't be dull.

  • on June 22, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Captain is as good as his team, but test cricket needs, attacking captain like Steve,Waugh who can declare to give bowlers enough chance and fielding placements.cook needs to be more attacking, he has to improve as captain

  • it_happened_last_in_2001. on June 22, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    @ Ross_Co ... If you want to dress up Clarke's stupidity at Hyderabad as forward thinking innovation is a matter for you. The simple facts are that in 2075 test matches played before then, no captain had been quite so forward thinking or innovative. Your remarks would have us think he was a cricketing version of Erwin Rommell. The simple difference between Clarke in India & England and his last 2 series has been the performance of Johnson. Once Johnson fades into his previous mediocrity once more Clarke's results will no doubt follow. Have you forgotten your supposed genius' actions at the Oval? As a captain when you miscalculate your declaration you play the game & take your beating, not waste time & stand over the umpires..... sheer genius!!

  • JG2704 on June 22, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    @Potatis on (June 21, 2014, 23:53 GMT) Yes - but whichever way you look at it , it's exactly the same negative style captaincy that he is accusing Cook of.I agree with Warne and others but Warne then (when talking about Australia) says he'd do exactly the same sort of thing Cook would

  • Ross_Co on June 22, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    @TheBigBoodha - "Test of a Thousand Gloves" excellent! That's the test I automatically think of every time 'England' whinges about anything. Their behavior in that test is also, unfortunately, what passes for their idea of innovation and creativity. That and pitch preparation. Oh for a modern Mike Brearley (with better batting skills) to match Clarke - that'd be a series for the ages.

  • Ross_Co on June 22, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    @oscoli67 - Couldn't agree more. Cook would never attempt to retrieve a hopeless situation by trying something completely unexpected. You're right too about Warne being selective about who he criticises - he only ever seems to target the unimaginative and the dull. Tsk tsk.

  • Rons on June 24, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Sorry, but Cook is a boring captain. He is too predictable and lacks charisma. He is too professional.

  • bjcm12 on June 24, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    Well said Warney ! You are correct - Cook is very immature.

  • on June 23, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    As always the comments tell a story. When your best defence against a charge of mediocrity is 'yeah but the other guy is worse', you start to worry. I mean, I may be a talentless hack - but I can still beat my grandad, so it's all good right?

  • ScottStevo on June 23, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    @oscoli67, what a warped perception you have of that Oval test match. On day 4 Cook was given the opportunity to play on in the exact same conditions and declined. The reason being, had he bowled his spinners in the poor light, Clarke and Aus would undoubtedly have amassed enough runs to completely write England out of the match - considering as it was they didn't make the runs anyway. If you wish to look at time wasting and taking your beating, need only look at the English that afternoon messing with their laces every other over. Funny how you Poms manage to see that game as lost due to our time wasting whilst selectively forgetting it was your lot that wasted the previous day. It's rather comical really...

  • Ross_Co on June 22, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    @oscoli67 - Declarations are only stupid if they directly contribute to a side's defeat - a la Flintoff in Adelaide. In Clarke's case even if the last pair had put on another 100 runs it wouldn't have changed the result. What might have changed it was an Indian collapse while there was still life in the pitch. Had that happened I suppose we'd all be agreeing with you that Clarke is a genius. I don't know about that but I do know that he thought outside the box in the face of apparently certain defeat so I suppose that does make him Rommelesque, as you say. Whatever happened at the Oval is not in the same league as Cardiff 2009 - not even close to the same league. Regarding where Clarke's record will head in the future, he has managed some fairly impressive results without Johnson's assistance but I dare say that if the back room chaos of the India & England tours is ever replicated. the mediocrity you fear will probably become a possibility. It just won't be dull.

  • on June 22, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Captain is as good as his team, but test cricket needs, attacking captain like Steve,Waugh who can declare to give bowlers enough chance and fielding placements.cook needs to be more attacking, he has to improve as captain

  • it_happened_last_in_2001. on June 22, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    @ Ross_Co ... If you want to dress up Clarke's stupidity at Hyderabad as forward thinking innovation is a matter for you. The simple facts are that in 2075 test matches played before then, no captain had been quite so forward thinking or innovative. Your remarks would have us think he was a cricketing version of Erwin Rommell. The simple difference between Clarke in India & England and his last 2 series has been the performance of Johnson. Once Johnson fades into his previous mediocrity once more Clarke's results will no doubt follow. Have you forgotten your supposed genius' actions at the Oval? As a captain when you miscalculate your declaration you play the game & take your beating, not waste time & stand over the umpires..... sheer genius!!

  • JG2704 on June 22, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    @Potatis on (June 21, 2014, 23:53 GMT) Yes - but whichever way you look at it , it's exactly the same negative style captaincy that he is accusing Cook of.I agree with Warne and others but Warne then (when talking about Australia) says he'd do exactly the same sort of thing Cook would

  • Ross_Co on June 22, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    @TheBigBoodha - "Test of a Thousand Gloves" excellent! That's the test I automatically think of every time 'England' whinges about anything. Their behavior in that test is also, unfortunately, what passes for their idea of innovation and creativity. That and pitch preparation. Oh for a modern Mike Brearley (with better batting skills) to match Clarke - that'd be a series for the ages.

  • Ross_Co on June 22, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    @oscoli67 - Couldn't agree more. Cook would never attempt to retrieve a hopeless situation by trying something completely unexpected. You're right too about Warne being selective about who he criticises - he only ever seems to target the unimaginative and the dull. Tsk tsk.

  • Potatis on June 21, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    @JG2704 ok, I took it as if Warne was captain of the side, not "what Warne thinks Clarke should do". They are two different things. :)

  • robdowse on June 21, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Cook is losing focus and clarity. All comments that I have heard from Warne refer to Cook's ability as a captain and are therefore not personal. I think that Alistair should listen to the comments and see if he can find contructive advice there.

  • TheBigBoodha on June 21, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    Unfortunately Cook is the one with all the pressure here. He has to make the calls and take the flack. Warne is just having a giggle in the commentary box. He's under no pressure at all. So Cook can't win. He has to keep his mind on the job. I'm sure all this is, at least in part, coming from his frustration at the result of the first test, after coming that close. But that's life. I recall the Cardiff test where Australia were one wicket off a 300-odd run win. That one wicket cost them the Ashes. That was the infamous "test of a thousand gloves".

  • it_happened_last_in_2001. on June 21, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    It could be worse for Cook, after all he could declare his first innings batting first & then lose a test match by an innings ... oh hang on, Warnie's best mate has already done that. Clarke was the first captain to do that in test match history. Warne can be quite selective about who and when he criticises.

  • JG2704 on June 21, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    @Potatis on (June 20, 2014, 12:06 GMT) Don't really understand what your point is here? My point is that Warne - as a commentator on Sky - on day 4 of the 3rd test thought that Clarke should or said that he would (meaning if he was in Clarke's shoes) declare at the close of day 4. My point is that by waiting til close of play and with the weather set to interrupt day 5 that is exactly the same sort of over conservative thinking which Warne is criticising Cook for? please publish this time

  • niazbhi on June 20, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    Warning Warne would not work. .. Cook has to ignore Warne..Warne may be the second or third most successful cricketer ever. He seems to confuse people with statements that are not clear (may even have some motives)..

  • ramz30380 on June 20, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding - According to you "In terms of WC wins meh, tournaments arnt a good way to decide who is better, it just means that a team was in a run of form at the right time."

    This can apply to every series played against every single country! If a WC tournament tht hosts all test playing nations is not the right way to judge a team - then how can you consider a series played by just 2 or 3 teams?! Your logic is so illogical!

    MSD has 4 times (52 wins) away wins against Cook (13 wins)! If he was such a capable Captain why is Eng chopping and changing the captaincy for the shorter format?! Cook does not think on his feet - in the ODIs he simply goes along with the team - no out-of-the-box thinking!

    Comparing Cook with a captain who has lead his team for more than 100 ODIs than him isnt right! If u want to go by stats then Broad has a win % of 66.66 - 2 wins frm 3 matches - may be he is better than Cook!

  • wolf777 on June 20, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    I have a simple advice for Cook….'If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen'….

  • Potatis on June 20, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    @JG2074 on (June 20, 2014, 8:17 GMT) "The one thing I will say re Warne is that in the 3rd test in Eng Warne said re when Clarke may declare he would have batted on til the end of day 4 despite the weather predicted for day 5 so to me that is no different to what Cook is doing?".

    If Shane Warne "would have batted on", that means that Warne would be playing in the team. That's a big difference. :)

  • on June 20, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Let Cook answer his detractors as every other leader, or person for that matter, must. By proving them wrong and succeeding. If what Warne has said is untrue or inaccurate, then disprove it where it counts - on the cricket field.

  • Daniel_Smith on June 20, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    The best thing for Cook is to score runs and lots of them. With regards to the captaincy perhaps taking advice from other senior players (such as was shown when Anderson suggested the 8-1 field to Sangakkara) might help. But the important thing is it takes time to learn to be a good captain and the only way Cook will learn is from mistakes and in the tough times.

    Ricky Ponting's captaincy improved when he had a young team and results weren't going his way. When he had the world's best batsmen and bowlers well even I could have captained that team!

    Shane Warne will be taking great delight from this but the only way to wipe the smirk of his face is to score lots of runs.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 20, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    @geoffboyc, take today, Cook decided to be aggressive and bowl first, and hes receiving flak from all quarters for that decision, had he decided to Bat first he would have received flak from all quarters for that decision as well due to the overheads. He even gets flak for losing the toss which is a 50/50 chance.

    As I've have repeatedly stated (and CI refused to publish) the lad cant win what ever happens.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on June 20, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    @mshyder, do you watch cricket? Clarke might be guilty of a few things but a lacklustre captain? No way.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on June 20, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    @Abhishek Sinha "Cook is correct in saying 'something needs to be done'. He needs to improve his captaincy". Spot on comment. He also needs to prove his place in the side now as a batsman. As everyone points out, everybody has criticised his captaincy, it is plainly obvious that he has no feel for the flow of the game. Clarke really exposed him. @yorkshirematt, may be Warne's commentary when Cook is in the field us boring because Cook is, did you miss that?

  • Gupta.Ankur on June 20, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Dear Cook, when a man with 100 centuries can be criticized for 24 years then why do you feel as if you are being targeted ?

  • on June 20, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    @Arun Bose - you're saying 2 different words. I might eat my own words, yes. Its not outside the realm of possibility that India will win the series. But there's absolutely no doubt that India are a rubbish side away from home. All this is, of course, irrelevant to the article :)

  • geoffboyc on June 20, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    It's easy to read an Aussie-based bias into Warne's remarks, but many well meaning English critics of Cook's captaincy have made much the same points. Cook's main problem now is proving by his batting performance that he deserves even to be in the team. Again, just like after the Pietersen issue, his reaction to the criticism demonstrates self-doubt and weakness rather than confidence and he would have been better advised simply to laugh it off. Let's hope he can score some runs in this game.

  • on June 20, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Don't fret Alistair. I seem to remember Warne describing Ian Bell as the Sherminator - he's mighty quiet about IRB these days. Do your talking out in the middle.

  • on June 20, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    I totally agree with Warne. Cook is an ineffective captain and his form is suffering too. If he continues to captain England not only would they not win but he will also become a liability in the team as a batsman. I personally thing he does not have leadership quality to lead this England team and with him at the helm England are going nowhere. Sooner he is removed from captaincy the better it would be for him and England.

  • gbqdgj on June 20, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    @jim.carter - why on earth do you believe Cook is taking India lightly? There is an all pervading view of Indian fans on here that believe that everyone under estimates the Indian team. No one does. What everyone does point out however that in the five day game India often turns up ill prepared away from home and does not usually have the relevant skills to flourish in the bowling department when playing outside the sub continent. I think you'll find that Cook will continue to take them seriously and play his normal game.

  • Realistic_cri_fan on June 20, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Cook on back of his mind might be thinking that he will win the upcoming India series as 4-1 or 5-0, but he should realize that this is not going to be a cake-walk without kevin, trot and swann.I hope India can beat England and put an end to his captaincy.

  • JG2704 on June 20, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    As already pointed out Cook going on so long vs NZ almost cost England that win and was very lucky the weather held out while NZ's batsmen showed no resistance. And now we have the last test match. I don't think this was anywhere near as bad as his senselessly late declaration vs NZ but he also has to remember that it's not just Warne who has been constantly criticising his captaincy and all those who have criticised it have made constructive criticisms. In his one above par result (vs India) it was more a case of just outplaying the hosts and nothing to do with his captaincy although his batting in that series was exceptional.Even in that series he managed to go in with just 1 spinner for the 1st test - the same mistake Eng made in UAE. The one thing I will say re Warne is that in the 3rd test in Eng Warne said re when Clarke may declare he would have batted on til the end of day 4 despite the weather predicted for day 5 so to me that is no different to what Cook is doing?

  • kickassPakistan on June 20, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Never realized that Cook was so weak mentally. He should try his hand to be a Pakistan Cricket captain for one day and consider it as a boot camp for taking bull from the TV experts. He will be well trained after that

  • JG2704 on June 20, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    @Arun Bose on (June 20, 2014, 7:02 GMT) In tests Mr Schultz's stats prove that India have been a weak team recently. It's all very well saying about it being in the past but the England series is in the future so that is not present either. All you can go by is present and recent history which tells it's own story. India could be catching Eng at a very good time with Eng having lost 3 long term players so let's just see how it all goes and may the best side win.

  • on June 20, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    All these people on here having a go at Warne for the his negative views, well what about Botham constantly going on last summer that Australia were rubbish and England would hammer them 10-0? He is as outspoken as Warne , if not more! So people get a grip seriously as us Australian didn't care that Beefy thought that , as we showed him. So Cook prove Warne wrong instead of sulking.

  • vinnyr on June 20, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Cook is really asking for trouble on this one. Warne is now going to go into overdrive now that he has got the reaction!

  • Mad_Hamish on June 20, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Cooks' wrong on 2 points "Something needs to be done" well no it doesn't the press' job is to comment on things and if you want to change their views you change what you do (note I understand that his captaincy on day 5 showed a lot more imagination than he's displayed before so if he keeps that up then the criticism on unimaginative will probably go) and agreeing that the criticism is personal, it's not. It's criticizing his tactics and his team's approach. That's not personal criticism.

  • on June 20, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Oh Dear,

    Alistair, this is not a good move at all, and not a good response to criticism. Warne has always baited English cricket, and it's not his job to "add positivity" - not at all, not even a little bit. He is there to add an authoritative outsiders view to commentary, with the emphasis on "outsiders".

    You need to man-up Alistair. Best thing would be to ignore Warne in public and silence him with strong results on the cricket field. To be honest Alistair, that really SHOULD be obvious to someone with your intelligence.

  • gbqdgj on June 20, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    I think Cook is way out of line here. It is Warne's job to provide analysis and comment. Think about it in terms of the way Botham views the world, he has firm opinions and expresses them whether good or bad but from an English perspective and Warne does the same. BTW @jimbond - "The series in India was won by three individual performances- KP, Panesar and Swann"...really? KP averaged an excellent 48.3 but Prior, averaged 51.6 and Cook averaged 80.3. Swann and Panesar took the majority of wickets on lifeless pitches for seamers yet turned square for the spinners and yet Jimmy Anderson took 12 wickets. So no the series was not won by KP, MP and GS, they were won by the better TEAM and the star batsman was not KP but actually a certain Alistair Cook!

  • on June 20, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    @andrew-schulz-14 tests lie or not I don't know but cricket isn't played in the past, It's always matters more what you do in the present.. Past is past, It's gone..There's a new series just few days away..England is also not at it's best though.. Remember out those 14 test, two were draw..One in SA and One in NZ and in both those series, our batters did well but bowling failed us.. This time It's England and we have some bowlers who bowls their best in these swinging conditions like Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant, Mohit, Ishwar pandey.. Stuart binny.. So it would illogical to even think that India has no chance to win.. Cook has to be extremely careful not to take India lightly..

  • andrew-schulz on June 20, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    A follow up is needed for the statistical illiterates out there. Yorkshire pudding, did you not think something was wrong when your maths told you Dhoni's captaincy success was at 33%? To the others, you take out the no results, and he is standing above 60%, a comfortable margin ahead of Cook and miles behind Clarke, who has led Australia through a weaker period, which is still far stronger than any other side. Arun Bose, you may think it a mistake to consider India a weak team away, but 14 Tests without a win does not lie.

  • on June 20, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Alistar Lunn - Very well said.

  • andrew-schulz on June 20, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Abysmal from Cook. Criticism of his captaincy is spot on. He has just cost his country a Test by being too defensive and declaring too late. It is as pathetic as his attempts to justify himself a year ago when he declared far too late against New Zealand. Why did he need to set them 468 and risk running out of time? Warne is just doing his job. Why should he hold back when he is paid to assess the game as he sees it? The fact is, Swann's retirement deprived England of the only player with the nous to captain an international team. It all looks very bleak with Cook in charge.

  • on June 20, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    @Abhishek Kishore- Hold on your thoughts mate, You might need to eat your own words..may be this India series gonna be the worst ever series for Cook and England.. Do not underestimate India.. It will be a huge mistake if Cook thinks that India is still a weak team abroad..

  • Biggus on June 20, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    1) Everyone knows Warne is a pain........nothing new there. 2) Everyone knows Alastair Cook is a poor captain........nothing new there. 3) NOW everyone knows how terribly insecure Cook is, and he will NEVER be let to forget that fact, not in the cauldron of international cricket. You can't go running to the Headmaster now Alastair, man up or step aside, this is big boys' cricket.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 20, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    It -the criticism-is no surprise as it comes from the man with the greatest cricket brain in the world today ,also widely considered greatest captain cricket never had .To be frank, it would have been least consequential as far as Aus were concerned had he been given a chance to helm Baggy greens or not.Would'nt have made the least bit difference to that great team as any1 could do it. But a struggling side like Eng will be helped a great deal by a captain in Warne mould. And Cook in now way is in that mould and every1 even he himself would know it. He's proved to be dour,defensive captain . Warne will be 1st to sense a defensive captain. So is his job description as a well paid sky pundit to comment on and state obvious as media job entitles.He was just being the proffessional in this case . Time for Cook to follow same lead?

  • satzcrazy1 on June 20, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Criticism will be there for ever, Cook cannot escape that. Guys like MS Dhoni and Misbah these guys give everything they have, but when they loose they are criticized like hell. You just cannot expect life so smooth, welcome to reality dude.

  • joseyesu on June 20, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    Dhoni is also under criticism for his test captaincy. Strange he is able to bring india in ODI and T20, then why not Test matches. It is not the captian to be blamed, it is the team that makes a good captain. I think beating india in india is a good record for England. But we cannot carried away by that for the entire year.

  • on June 20, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Cook will have his day. The India series is about to start. With Dhoni being at least as rubbish as Cook, and Indian fast bowling essentially a joke, it shouldn't be too difficult for England and Cook.

  • ruester on June 20, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    Cook, if you are not a boring, urn imaginative captain please explain why in the last test you bowled to Mathews without slips first thing in the morning before he had got in? Or was that an imaginative way of trying to get him out?

  • ReverseSweepRhino on June 20, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Cook is an unimaginative and ineffective captain, who, like the ECB administration, is trying to deflect the blame for his failures onto someone else. His attitude towards direct criticism (taking things personally instead of professionally) will ensure that he gets even more of it from the media and fans, especially if he fails to win matches.

    Perhaps he needs to be made to read some of the comments on Cricinfo to realize that Warne isn't the only critic of his captaincy, even if he is the most high profile one. Of course, Cook might just claim we are all making personal attacks on him.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 20, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    @Mail4kar, you are correct it is 88, i misread the numbers however 88 out of 159 is not over 60% it is 55%, the same as cook, so technically they are about equal.

    In terms of WC wins meh, tournaments arnt a good way to decide who is better, it just means that a team was in a run of form at the right time.

  • Sexysteven on June 20, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    What's cook on about it's not personal warne is just stating the obvious everybody can see that Cook is avery negative captain mind u that's England for u most of there captains r negative and conservative England don't believe in taking gambles but that's sport u can't take the safe option all the time it's about taking risks sometimes it will work sometimes it won't and when it doesn't work u can't be put off by that u just have to keep playing positive cricket and at some point the gamble will work England just don't understand that they prefer draws instead of risking losing games in order to win which I prefer while Cook is the captain England is only going backwards I think prior would be amore positive and aggressive captain in my view

  • dsig3 on June 20, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    Theres nothing personal about it Cooky. The bloke is simply letting his opinion be known about your captaincy. He is not attacking you personally, just your captaincy. I would of thought you could see that.

  • on June 20, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    Yes. Cook is correct in saying 'something needs to be done'. He needs to improve his captaincy as simple as that.

  • on June 20, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    No captain on the face of earth can win matches, it is the combination of great or good players that wins matches. look at Ponting till had Warne and co he was Mr cool but when loosing ashes in England he bit his nails on the ground. go through history and see the results. west indies won b coz of fast bowlers and batters like richars, haynes,greeidge etc.

  • on June 20, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    I have read comments from several Indian players and captains, both present and past, on why they don't read news papers or at least the sports section. The only reason they give is not to get distracted by such comments by different people. In India we have so many news channels with so many 'experts'. Most of them criticize players and captains on a daily basis. I really don't understand the English psyche. How can professional sportsmen get affected by views of an external entity, in this Warne who is an Australian.

  • on June 20, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    Warne is right in calling Cook boring. Cook deserves to get a dose of his own medicine. His comments on Angelo Mathews , over that Jos Butler fiasco, was in poor taste. Keep it coming Warney!

  • on June 20, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    there's nothing wrong with what shane said , geez.. if a commentator can't give his opinion about captaincy then what's the point of having a commentator?

  • on June 20, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    Kp was a great player but i dun remember him taking 10 wickets. He didnt won them matches it was a team effort. Cook scored a lot of runs as I remember

  • Mail4kar on June 20, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    @ YorkshirePudding : Don't give wrong information and proud of it mate. Dhoni's won percentage in ODI's is above 60. Out of 159 games he won 88 of them including 2 WC's, and CT. England won in India only from the confidence they got after superb knock of KP in mumbai. Cook is absolutely boring and negative caption while comparing to Dhoni. He lost his cool for the outside commen from Warne. However dhoni never lost his cool for criticisms.

  • Patchmaster on June 20, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    I don't hate Warne, I'm not a huge fan, but one thing I do know....is he's pretty much on the money here.........again. Mainly because Cook is negative (just look at the last test - bowling 12 over an hour when trying to win !!!) and he isn't really the most imposing character to have as captain - hardly strikes fear into the opposition or bamboozles them with his tactical know how. But the main thing is, if he was scoring a shed load of runs or winning games with his captaincy, we wouldn't even be talking about this. But he ain't..........

  • Nihontone on June 20, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    He hasn't (as far as know) criticised you as a person. He has criticised you as a captain. That's not "personal". Is Warne the only one who has criticised you? Or have other former players and commentators also criticised? Suck it up, Alistair!

  • karthik1234 on June 20, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    can we clarify does dhoni has 60% or 35 %. I don't think anyone can question dhoni is a best limited overs captain but not done as well as test captain

  • siddhartha87 on June 20, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    Agree with Warne, Cook is a boring captain

  • on June 20, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    Dhoni isn't a bad captain.Let me explain why. Consider this (Hypothetically) : Michael Clarke becomes the captain of the current Bangladesh team replacing Mushfiqur Rahim.

    Do you think he will have the courage for early declarations and setting trendy fields that leak a 1000 runs. I don't think SO. And you would be kidding yourself if you believe so. He will have to become more defensive after just a couple of losses.

    Michael Clarke has the resources - FAST BOWLERS - that's why he does all those things he does.

    Dhoni cannot do those things because he doesn't have those resources - FAST BOWLERS - like Johnson,Siddle, Harris. He is a much better captain (his record will show) in subcontinent, where SPINNERS can play the role of FAST BOWLERS as an attacking option.

    So, the real question is not whether Dhoni is a bad captain. The real question is why INDIA does not have FAST BOWLERS ?

  • Sgtm1993 on June 20, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    Not sure what cook is complaining about here.I thought UK was a democratic free speech country like the US? so warne doesn't have his rights to express his opinion on how boring cook's captaincy really is? Well as an avid cricket lover living in the US..I have the right and I can tell ya'all that his captaincy and his batting makes me want to go to sleep.i think dravid had more flair in batting than cook lad. Lacks ideas, can't make good decision at the right time and whines too much. Shane's criticism to cook has all come true. He said England will be found out in Aus, and they did...Got hammered. He said joe root will be ineffective and so he was..and he also said cook's captaincy will be negative and very boring and that definitely was the case. The prob with england's their negative mindset filled by cook's boring thoughts. Instead of whining on some radio, he should concentrate on how he can make this team have some success because they've pretty average at home and pathetic away.

  • jimbond on June 20, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    @richardror: The series in India was won by three individual performances- KP, Panesar and Swann. From the way their performances have fallen (esp Swann and Panesar) in later series, its clear that Cook was not responsible for their performances in India. Cook is an average captain and a slightly above average player- who was propped up for a while by some exceptional performances by some of his team members.

  • landl47 on June 20, 2014, 1:02 GMT

    Being criticized by the media is all part of being captain, so Cook had better get used to it. However, I enjoyed George Dobell's 'suffice it to say his commentary stints are remarkably consistent'. Warne is certainly one of the most boring commentators I have ever heard, never content unless he has said the same thing ten times.

    Warne was a great bowler, Australia judged what he would be like as a captain and didn't appoint him and he's a terrible commentator. Cook should seize the opportunity to ignore him.

  • on June 20, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    I'm as Aussie as they come, but my view on Warne is clear - worlds greatest bowler, worlds biggest flog. He talks so much rubbish. Warne can say what he likes about Test captains because he was never tested in the most difficult job in cricket. It's one thing to captain IPL, County cricket and ODIs, but captaining in Test matches would have found him out. Captaining isn't just about changing bowlers and moving fielders, as Warne and his fans would have us believe. I don't mind bashing the poms, but Cooks a decent bloke that shouldn't be smashed by Australia's greatest tool as much as he is. Warne attacks Cook for the same reasons he's publically attacked Adam Gilchrist, Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting - they have too much class and he doesn't.

  • RG2008 on June 20, 2014, 0:46 GMT

    Grow up Cook. Goes with the territory. Ponting was criticised for not being a brilliant tactician, Clarke for being a poor man manager & Dhoni for letting test matches meander.

  • woody3 on June 20, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    Criticism of poor captaincy is a personal attack. So what. Thats what expert critics are meant to do ie assess performance. The question is whether the criticism is justifed. Unfortunately it pretty much is.

  • on June 20, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    Agree Warnie can be a tad annoying I would imagine! But Cook really needs to get on with his job as captain and get some runs. Every sportsperson has their fans and detractors.

  • Mervo on June 20, 2014, 0:30 GMT

    Cook was arguably the second best player after Pietersen. His recent form has suffered significantly. As a captain he is adequate without much imagination, or seemingly capacity to inspire his players. There must be someone better.

  • disco_bob on June 20, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    Ironically this unsavvy whinge by Cook merely proves that there is yet another aspect to his deficiency as captain. Let's get real he had the last Test won but gave it away with a typically timid declaration. He is also setting himself up for some merciless sledging. I doubt he will be captain come the next Ashes although as an Aussie I hope he is.

  • on June 20, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    Don't worry Cook. India is round the corner. 3-0, 4-0 sort of win and all will be good again. Might be interesting to see the battle of these 2 defensive captains

  • Sauron_Of_Middle_Earth on June 20, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding - Mate, you need to get your figures right before you report them and mislead people - Dhoni has 88 wins from 159 games, a win % of 60.4, not whatever garbage you reported. Not that I think Dhoni is at the same level as Clarke, but don't mess up numbers so horribly.

  • Chris_P on June 20, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    I think it has more to do with Warney's loyalty to KP who is a close friend. But to be fair, AC's captaincy doesn't show a lot if imagination & does tend to let things drift when it is not going his way. I think that is Warney's concern, that little is done to come up with anything resembling innovative thought processes. I would have thought Cook was used to barbs by now, especially from the notorious fickle English press.

  • SoyQuearns on June 20, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    Haha - not a lot of support for Cook on here, & rightly so.

    Warne is the face/vessel/voice for the correctly aimed critiques of Cook's leadership. Ponting was not a good captain, but he had a good side & so has the most test wins of any captain (at least as a %).

    Cook is no different.

    Cook hasn't scored runs for ages, sets predictable, reactive & defensive fields, lacks the killer instinct that Warne values above all, & is obviously not skilled enough in the mental strength capacity to compartmentalise Warne's words & put them into perspective.

    Warne is a legend, & an Aussie one at that. Beefy & Athers stuck it into Aus when we were down & out (despite knowing our fall was far more understandable as we had to replace irreplaceable players, nobody in the Eng camp has been irreplaceable since Botham, with the exception of KP). As Aussies we accepted it, we were irritated, but it is par for the course.

    Something must be done? Score a run and set a decent field. Try that!

  • Dashgar on June 20, 2014, 0:14 GMT

    Well you can't say Warne didn't get his fair share of criticism as a player. He's copped it this long, now it's his turn. He's going to call it how he sees it, that's how he does everything. Cook needs to rise above it and captain as well as he can.

  • dunger.bob on June 20, 2014, 0:04 GMT

    I don't rate Warne as a commentator. He seems to get too focussed on one thing and doesn't talk about anything else. .. One things for sure though, he'd be sitting back right now thinking he's done what he set out to do. He's upset Cook and prodded a response from him. Why he would want to do that only Shane could tell you. It's just the way he is.

  • Culex on June 20, 2014, 0:01 GMT

    Bad move, Cook. This just makes you look vulnerable for anybody looking to practice "mental disintegration" on the pitch.

    If you really want to make Warne shut up, do it by establishing a winning streak.

  • on June 19, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    Everyone missed the point in the last test it seems. We should have batted for as long as possible in the first innings instead of declaring. Another 20 runs then and we aren't hanging around for Ballance to get a 100, but a 50.

  • on June 19, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    Seriously? After nearly beating Sri Lanka in the first test, this is now what the England captain chooses to focus on? Lets put this in perspective. During his playing career, Shane Warne, along with the likes of S Waugh, McGrath Healy and others made a reputation for themselves of being able to get into the minds of their opponents, that skill does not go. Every year, Glenn McGrath would announce to the world who his upcoming target batsman would be, Shane Warne would announce his latest mystery ball was being perfected, all gamesmanship, if a batsman or captain is unable to switch off from this and move on, then you start to wonder about their mindset and focus. In the mid 90's in Formula One, when Michael Schumacher was at his peak, he would annually rate his top ten opponents, NEVER did he include Damon Hill, even when Hill went on to win the title, did it affect Damon? maybe, did we hear about it affecting him? No. I think its time for COok to man up and move on. Its only opinion.

  • on June 19, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    Well it does seem strange that one of the ECB's main commercial partners, Sky Sports, gives Warne the platform to constantly criticise and attack the England captain even when it isn't justified. It is just sledging pure and simple and the ECB shouldn't tolerate it because it goes well beyond neutral punditry and it has become personal, unprofessional and unrelenting. We all know what Warne thinks of Cook's captaincy. He doesn't need to keep making the same point every 5 minutes.

    Does anyone for one minute think that Cricket Australia would tolerate an English commentator sledging the Australian captain or players constantly on Channel 9? Of course they wouldn't. The ECB needs to have words with Sky Sports and Sky Sports need to have words with Warne. Act like a fair minded professional journalist or find another job.

  • gajan on June 19, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    I am sick and tired of the dull and repetitive commentary by Warne. The only thing he ever talks about during his stint is Cook's captaincy. Personally, I just mute the tv coverage the moment Warne comes on for his stint.

    And I would not be surprised if this is the only thing he talks about during a coverage where England is not even playing.

  • on June 19, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    They aren't personal attacks - they are a criticism of him as a captain, not a person. If you play at the top level, especially as the captain, you have to expect, and be able to deal with criticism. Especially when results have been poor as they have recently for England. Sorry Cook, I have no sympathy for you - If anything, judging by results, I would say Warnie's criticism is just about right.

  • on June 19, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    It doesn't matter what type of captain Cook is or what his record is... As a highest level athlete, you should be ready for criticism... its ridiculous to snap like this... Throughout HIS career, a certain Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, was called upon so many times to quit, its futile to count... and not just by media.. even his own ex-team mates, his buddies since school days who are now famous pundits, were persistent in their chants of retirement... but never have I seen HIM respond to those... not once in 24 years.... Mr. Cook, you have a lot to learn...

  • on June 19, 2014, 22:30 GMT

    I agree with Warne on Cook's captaincy but credit where it's due. Cook's scores in that India series were 41, 176, 122, 18*, 190, 1, 1, 13 while KP had 17, 2, 186, DNB, 54, 0, 73, 6. So while KP played an important part, Cook was the standout batsman for his side in that series.

  • David_Boon on June 19, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding But that's the point! Cook saying he has 'more wins' means nothing... he has also captained the most games. Even a poor captain like Dhoni (who is still miles better than Cook) can rack up the wins if given enough games in charge! Also I don't know what figures you're looking at... Dhoni 159 games as captain, 88 wins.

  • Confectionery_Stall on June 19, 2014, 22:09 GMT

    He'd have been wiser to stay silent, he's only added to the pressure on himself. But can you imagine the Aussies tolerating a Pom constantly slating their team in the papers and on TV? It wouldn't happen.

  • ruester on June 19, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    Cook, it's not just Warne that think you are a rubbish captain. Read the blogs on this site to find out what England fans think of you and your decision making.

  • on June 19, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    Cook cost us the win. Who needs a 380 lead on the final day. What an awkward situation he put Ballance in a century but no win. Declare with a 320 lead and an hour to go on the 4th day and at least you have some balls. The most disappointing thing is Cook's unwillingness to admit that if he had made a different decision we may have won. I'm confident the public would prefer England to risk the odd loss in order to win rather than be lead by such a defensive captain. They are there to entertain after all, but what do we expect really when they ousted are only box office player.

  • on June 19, 2014, 21:43 GMT

    Oh dear Alistair, time to retire as a skipper I think. Warne was just as critical of Ponting and John Buchanan, and they were on his team! Really feel sorry for Cook as he's not the right man for the job but no one in the England set up seems to realise.

  • Big_Chikka on June 19, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    this is unbelievably naive of cook, who advised him to even discuss this? cannot believe an england captain would be reduced to this........warne can say what he wants prove him wrong, unless you think you can't! and if the latter is the case you still don't need to say anything.

  • PFEL on June 19, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    I've lost a lot of respect for Cook over the last 6 months or so. His captaincy was never great but it's gotten even worse, the whole issue with KP didn't help and now he whinges about every little thing. Him complaining about Buttler being run out was baffling. Now he can't even put up with a little bit of criticism that is 100% correct but just so happens to be written by a volatile and sometimes controversial great of the game. He needs to learn some respect and humility, and take responsibility for his own actions more. That's what you need from someone to captain your country. Someone like Steve Waugh, tough and unforgiving, always positive and never shifts blame. A draw in a test shouldn't be seen as a good result.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on June 19, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    Making public comments that "something must be done" about Warne? Isn't that even more pointless than arguing on the internet or other such pursuits.

    Cook is a boring captain, he should just own that. It's not necessarily a bad thing it just is what it is. Responding like this just makes him seem incredibly insecure, or even worse.

    Warne even admitted after his career that all but 1 of his new pre-Ashes "mystery balls" were completely made up. I can't understand why you would pay any attention to him if you are an international cricketer that isn't on the team he's rooting for.

  • on June 19, 2014, 21:20 GMT

    And how many matches has dhoni won outside of India??? Enough said me thinks!!

  • 512fm on June 19, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    I'm not sure what Cook is complaining about, Warne is right. Also the reason you won those matches Cook was because you had the superior team not because of your captaincy, you are not a good captain. Causation doesn't equal correlation.

  • Dilmah82 on June 19, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    This is a sign of a captain with a messed up mind! He needs to focus on his batting and own form. As for his captaincy, Warne is correct. He is negative and defensive, and his early success was becuase he inherited a good team with some match winners still playing well. A man that puts fielders on the boundary at the start of a day or when the tail is in isn't a good captain! He is lucky to be in the ODI team also

  • ThilankaK on June 19, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    as a SriLankan I hate Shane Warne but as far as this thing Warne is 100% right !!!

  • Rooboy on June 19, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    skilebow - well you'd be an equally bad captain as cook is. An individual century is worth more than a potential test win??? Wow. It was a no brainier to put SL into bat before the start of the fifth day. But I'd be more than happy if england are putting individual achievements ahead of team results, because it is no way to build success

  • markatnotts on June 19, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    @Narkovian, Warne may have had an astute cricket brain but regarding England hunches for selection he came out with some rubbish. For example recommending Giles White of Hants as a potential leg spinning batting allrounder for England around 2000. Essentially it was just signing praises of a mate at the county he played for!

  • Rooboy on June 19, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    Charles sheldrick - yeah, Punter wasn't the most astute captain. He also faced many truckloads more criticism than cook ever will, and copped it like a man without ever whining once. Oh, he also captained more test victories and World Cup winning teams than Cook can ever dream of. I don't know how one can be an international captain with such a thin skinned, sensitive psyche. Probably hurts all the more because Warnie is absolutely spot on

  • markatnotts on June 19, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    @Bobby_Fox, actually Cook won those matches because he inherited Strauss's team with the likes of Anderson, Bell, Swann, Monty, Prior etc rather producing more than KP who was on the decline. Still this is an appalling outburst from Cook and really shouldn't be picking fights with pundits.

  • LeggieLefty on June 19, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Cook is doing what England do best - whine. You're THE CAPTAIN, Cooky! Deal with it..... Really, an Ashes win by the skin of their teeth, at home, and a win in India against a side that has no bowling. Ok - the win in India is something, and something to hand to the presence of KP as well. Left to Cook the game would have drifted along merrily, since Dhoni too is happy to drift along. I'm not counting the ODI wins. Having a better win % is fine, but where's the metalware?

    It is an interesting thought to ponder on: will the ECB (and ICC?) start dictating what people can write about cricket, cricketers and cricket policy. Hmmm... This would be an interesting legal case. Does a world body of a sport own ALL rights to cricket?

  • ooper_cut on June 19, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    Winning in India is in the past, then you won the ashes and then you lost the ashes horribly, not just losing the ashes, but the best men in your team, Trott, Swann, KP. How could you expect to win anymore with this new not so bright young guns ? With your brains of course. Alan Border had a crappy team but they scrapped every win and became world beaters !!! Warne was right, an acclaimed captain (winning a series in India) should have declared with 5-10 overs at SL on the 4th evening unless he first wanted to save the test. Anyway dont worry Cooky, we have MSD who is the same in Tests but very different in LOI. Please stop whining though and concentrate on the next test.

  • arun_padmanabhan on June 19, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    Whoa, didn't want to interfere but read some ridiculous comments! Msd has been a poor captain for long it seems!! Stay away from him people. When your captain has won t20 and odi world cups, test mace and countless high pressure domestic tournaments, you can compare him to msd. Just because you don't understand his tactics and mindset doesn't mean he is a poor captain. Keep the discussion on cook for now!

  • on June 19, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    The only thing Cookie that needs to be done, is for you to do your job in a less dull and predictable manner, and to leave Warne to get on with his. Immature reaction.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 19, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    Best way to silence the doubters Cook, is get back some decent form. Reading and understanding weather forecasts wouldn't go amiss either.

  • ramz30380 on June 19, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    @richardror - the talk was abt ODI captaincy & I dont think Cook stands anywhere near Dhoni in tht! MSD has won an ODI World Cup and the Champions Trophy apart from his high win% - can u plz tell us wht Cook has won as an ODI captain for u to even compare both of these men?

    And hey, India won the Champions Trophy beating England on their home turf - just to remind you! In the shorter format of the game, MSD is the best captain - with his limited bowling resources, he has pulled off some amazing victories for India - so plz do not compare him with Cook at tht!

    Test cricket is a diff ball game - but the discussions here were abt ODIs!

  • India_boy on June 19, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    @Yorkshire pudding....Wow! Height of ignorance! MSD has an almost 61% winning record (88 won out of 159 matches) and is only the 2nd non-Aus captain to have a 60%+ winning record while captaining in 150+ matches (after Smith). Not to mention he is T20 WC winner and runner up, ODI WC winner, Champion Trophy winner beating your own team in the final, in your own backyard and Asia Cup winner and runner up. Cook doesn't come close to what MSD is with all his limitations in the bowling Dept. If you are going to comment on an international forum, at least make sure you don't come across as completely oblivious of your surroundings. cricinfo pls publish

  • ramz30380 on June 19, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding - MSD has captained 158 ODIs with 88 wins with 60.40% wins. Plz do not mislead ppl by quoting false figures to prove ur point right - Stats do show us tht MSD is a better captain!!! Foot in ur mouth situation mate - just like the captain U support!

    Criticisms are part of sport - if he cant handle tht, then he is not captain material! Make no mistake Cook is a good player, but I think Warne was right in criticizing him - He did mention tht "U need to risk losing in order to win" - fair point - Aussies play tht way and hence they are on top!

    How come he was more than happy to accept his praises when Eng toured India and Warney appreciated him for his consistent performance with the bat!

    Well, if you can handle his praise, then better handle his criticisms! Moreover, he was not the only one criticizing you I heard Holding mention ur field placements as "Mickey Mouse" field!

  • on June 19, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Don't agree with lot of stuff Warne says but agree on this matter, besides in the coming months to end of 2015 WC I don't think Warne will be the only one to tell these things so buck up Cook.

  • on June 19, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding - Captainship is about making optimum use of your resources. Before you hammer Dhoni down, compare the resources available to both - Dhoni, a faded Sachin, bowlers who could not get wickets Vs Cook - In form KP (wasted for non cricketing reasons), a fantastic fast bowling quartet backed by Bell, Swan...... Add to that Dhoni's bowlers bowling on deadpan pitches where 325 in an ODI is a fighting score Vs Cook's seamers bowling in England where 200+ can often be match-winning.

  • Harry31 on June 19, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding, you made a mistake in stats my friend, I just checked Dhoni's stats since your numbers are highly suspicious, MSD has won 88 of 159 matches he captained in ODIs not 33 as you say, which comes to 55.35% W/L ratio very near to Cook on a much longer period. Of course every Pundit worth his salt also knowsa as good a captain MSD is in ODIs, he is equally bad in tests.

  • on June 19, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    He should have left well alone but I can see his point-- would an English former player get the chance to perform a similar role in the Australian press? Fat chance

  • on June 19, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    Cook as a Captain made sense when he had runs to back it up...now with runs drying it is going to be hard to justify him as a captain. As a batsman he is one of the most boring ones around

  • xtrafalgarx on June 19, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    @skilebow: If you want confidence, win games. Simple as that, a personal milestone that goes unrewarded is next to useless. You get confidence from playing match defining innings, feling like you have made a difference that has led to your teams victory, not necessarily 100's. You can have all the personal success you want, but if you are not winning games the team will never be good enough and neither will you.

  • mshyder on June 19, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    It is true that Cook's captaincy is dull but why single him out there are many boring captains around these days, Misbah, Mattews and Clark are the biggest example. Why Warne failed to criticize Clark for his lackluster captaincy ( untill Lehman changed things) is a question to be asked. It appears that Warne can not get over the anti english sentiments ever after his retirement. If it is some consolation to Cook, Warne although was a great bowler but was never considered good enough to be the captain by ACB, so do not give his comments more importance than they deserve.

  • forerunner_uk on June 19, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    Cook IS a conservative captain who takes few risks. That is a style of captaincy just like being an aggressive / attacking captain is. He does win some games using those tactics. However Warne has got a right to criticize - he was a far better captain that Cook will ever be (even though he had very limited opportunity). Cook should learn to accept his failings and improve.

  • pak_ki_phu on June 19, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    cook needs to learn to accept the fact that he is just an average captain. i agree with warne that he needs to be dropped and someone else needs to take charge. loosing captaincy may just boost his batting confidence and gets back on track to scoring runs for a country that cant call themselves a team of rejects from other countries.

  • on June 19, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    I have had the highest respect for Cook both as a batsmen and captain. However, his recent utterances can hardly be called astute or diplomatic. Perhaps, the job is too much and the cracks are beginning to emerge. HM

  • on June 19, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    How did Dhoni get into the picture? The one who dragged his that "irrelevant insert" into the discussion is worse than Warne... when it comes to personal prejudices. Warne, at least had a context! (This is not a defense of Dhoni. Only, an observation on irrelevant comments)

  • richardror on June 19, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    @Bobby_Fox - Cook's captaincy didn't win it - his batting did. Cook did far more than KP - KP got one big ton whereas Cook got about 3. KP has been a better batsmen over the years, don't get me wrong, but the India series was won by Cook.

  • binojpeter on June 19, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Whether Cook like it or not, it is a fact that he was ultra defensive in his declaration in the first test match against Srilanka. He should have given at least 100 overs for his bowlers to have some chance considering the fact that England's current bowling attack is not that great as it was 3 years ago.

  • CricLover316 on June 19, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    It was KP's Aggressive batting, Swann's bowling and Trott that won matches for Engalnd. Not Cooks captaincy. Even Bell could have captained these years and taken the credit. How dull is he as a Captain ? Robotic and defensive Captaincy. How soft is he that he cant even take criticism from other players ? He was still blaming SL after the match for Mankading and when asked didn't have an answer of what he would have done if he was in Mathews' shoes. Preaches Spirit of the Game when other teams play by the rules and remains silent when Broad doesn't walk.Cant work both ways. Irrelevant of Warne's criticism justified or not,but Cook looks so feeble complaining about it.Even Vaughan has criticized him indirectly. Should stop thinking about Warne criticizing him and go to the nets and sort out his batting form.

  • on June 19, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Big fan of Cook but pretty disappointed with him here; criticism comes with the job, what are you going to expect when having such a high profile role? If Warne was spouting stuff that wasn't true, then people would ignore him, the fact is that Cook is frankly far too negative and has a lot to improve

    Winning games as one of the major nations doesn't give free reign for Cook to justify whatever captaincy he likes as it seems his argument is, since statistically that would likely happen anyway, and the potential to do better is quite clearly there.

  • himmat on June 19, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    Give him a break guys.....England has lost many established players for last 2-3 years......England is into transition period with many new players.....Pietersen's ego driven sacking made things worse for England......!!!

  • on June 19, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    I have no trouble with Warne's criticism of Cook. I also think he's dull and boring. But then again, most of the players on the current England roster are boring. So, Cook has plenty of company!

    As to who would make a better skipper, I cannot think of anyone else deserving of it which leaves Cook secure at the helm at the moment.

  • yorkshirematt on June 19, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Whatever you think about Cook, Warne's commentary is pretty dull. Someone with the experience and cricketing knowledge he has should really have a lot more to offer. And if not then may I suggest a career in the media may not be for him

  • on June 19, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding - World T20 champions, ODI World Champions, ICC Champions trophy (mini-world cup) winner, no. 1 Test team for 18 months, 2 times IPL winner, 2 times T20 Champions league winner; and you want us to believe this Cook, with a solitary Ashes victory under his name, stands up to that Dhoni.. no way. Now don't give us the ratio analysis about England's recent test cricket victories against India. Even if England beat India in coming test series, I will still consider Dhoni a more versatile and perhaps better captain than Cook. In agreement with Warney completely. Balance was slow even when England had got into a comfortable position after partnership with Jordan. Cook was leaning laidback on that Lords balcony, only to screw it up while Warne was begging for a declaration on television. And in doing so, like Warne said at that time, Cook could have given a perfect example to his new breed of cricketers about how important England team's cause to win every time is

  • 200ondebut on June 19, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Cooks comments here probably just go to underline his fallibility as a captain. Warne was not the only one to pile in - Botham, Atherton and Lloyd all criticised the lack of declaration on the fourth day.

    Cook looks like a school boy captain. predictable fields - no imagination. Only problem is who else is there?

  • Bobby_Fox on June 19, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Cook won those matches, just because of Kevin pietersen batting performance not of his captaincy.

  • Motobu on June 19, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    "Good morning/afternoon Beefy/Nas/Athers, good morinng/ afternoon everyone."

  • TeamSelector on June 19, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Let's be honest about this. Cook 'is' a dull & boring captain. Can he change that? - absolutely. Will he? - absolutely not. So the only thing he can try & do, is to score some runs (which seems to be non-existent) since the departure of one ... KP.

  • richardror on June 19, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    @David_Boon - I agree Warne can say what he wants and Cook has many flaws as captain. But it was Cook, not KP who won the series in India (and captained it), and Dhoni has long been a poor captain.

  • on June 19, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding: Wow chill and check the record once again. Dhoni has 60% win record as he won 88 matches of total 159 he captained. Plus he won WC2011, T20WC 2007, CT2013. Compare it now.

  • skilebow on June 19, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    @ryangy - Well i wouldn't have given them 5 overs so you can hear from me. The reason being is that we are trying to build long term and giving a young batsman the chance to score a century (which he took) is more important in the long term than an extra 5 overs IMHO.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 19, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    @David_Boon, lets consider this Dhoni, has captained india in 158 ODI's and has 56 wins, or a 35% win ratio, Cook has 33 from 59, which is a 55% win ratio, go figure. The stats don't back up that Dhoni is a better captain.

  • xtrafalgarx on June 19, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    @Charles Shedrick: Yes, if we lived in Mars. The day Cook wins a couple of world cups, champion's trophies and 16 test matches in a row then he can be spoken about in the same sentences as Ponting. (Also helps to score runs when you're a captain too)

  • screamingeagle on June 19, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Don't worry Cook, soon there will be more people talking about how unimaginative you are, so you won't have to bother about Warne. Alternatively, grow a thick skin and start doing what you primarily do, score runs and help England win. Going after Warne won't help.

  • on June 19, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    ...if it helps Cook feel a bit better, Australia never trusted Warne enough to make him Captain....they stuck with Ricky "We'll bowl" Ponting instead, who makes Cook look like Mike Brearley

  • on June 19, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Mike Brearley was a great captain but indifferent batsman. With his batting skills apparently in decline, even Shane Warne wiill have to admit that Cook is getting more and more like Brearley these days.

  • Narkovian on June 19, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    I agree, Warne does tend to repeat himself. Can get a bit wearing. BUT I would tend to take a lot of notice about his comments when it comes to seeing what is good or bad in the way players are playing and captaining. He has a very astute brain when it comes to cricket tactics. IMHO Cook will never be a great ENG captain in the mould of Brearley, Illingworth for example. He appears formulaic. The main problem is that he isn't scoring runs. Technique problem.. perhaps finally found out? We shall see.

  • Puffin on June 19, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Thing is, if you do a bad job, you should expect criticism. The best way to halt the criticism would be to do a better job at captaincy. Moaning about it sure won't help.

  • ryangy on June 19, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    I think in general his criticism is deserved recently and this whining is a little bit embarrassing and won't fill the dressing room with much pride/passion I would think! His wins were made using boring, grinding cricket and he has failed to adapt when he hasn't been winning. Cooks captaincy was woeful in the winter and by delaying the declaration in the last test it showed that he has not learned and would rather not lose than win. I've yet to hear from anyone, a pundit or fan who would not have given SL at least 5 overs on the 4th day

  • David_Boon on June 19, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    "Something needs to be done" - It's called freedom of speech Alastair, get used to it. Maybe instead of complaining, try and address the issues: defensive, dull, unimaginative and ultimately mediocre captaincy is the problem here. Why would Warne, an Australian, offer you support!? Also, England change ODI captains every year so its no wonder you have you won the most games. His record is 33 wins from 59 games - not good. MS Dhoni has 3 times as many wins as captain and Clarke's record is 43 wins from 65 games, so maybe not a stat to boast about! Also England won in India mostly thanks to a legendary ton from KP, and you booted him from the team!

  • Herath-UK on June 19, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    His comments after Mankading incident involving Mathews was also of very unbecoming of a England captain & lowering its standard. He should learn to be astute & diplomatic as a captain.

  • Stuart_Watson on June 19, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Perhaps not the wisest reaction, but Cook has a point. I became so irritated by Warne's constant sniping - he said the same thing over and over again in every one of his Sky Sports commentary stints for the last two days of the Test - that I took to turning the sound off altogether. Whatever one may think of Cook's tactical acumen it was absolutely terrible commentary. The TV punditry equivalent of aggressive trolling.

  • on June 19, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    "Something to be done"? How about you scoring some runs? Nothing is better than letting the bat do the talking. Any criticism that comes Cook's way at this point is justified.

  • CamS71 on June 19, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    @Yevghenny: Agreed. Stop crying about it & start doing something about it. His captaincy has been largely uninspired & he needs to be far bolder. Re-learning how to bat wouldn't go amiss either.

  • Yevghenny on June 19, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    this is why Cook will never become a great test captain. Can you imagine Steve Waugh crying and demanding something be done about those nasty people in the press?

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  • Yevghenny on June 19, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    this is why Cook will never become a great test captain. Can you imagine Steve Waugh crying and demanding something be done about those nasty people in the press?

  • CamS71 on June 19, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    @Yevghenny: Agreed. Stop crying about it & start doing something about it. His captaincy has been largely uninspired & he needs to be far bolder. Re-learning how to bat wouldn't go amiss either.

  • on June 19, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    "Something to be done"? How about you scoring some runs? Nothing is better than letting the bat do the talking. Any criticism that comes Cook's way at this point is justified.

  • Stuart_Watson on June 19, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Perhaps not the wisest reaction, but Cook has a point. I became so irritated by Warne's constant sniping - he said the same thing over and over again in every one of his Sky Sports commentary stints for the last two days of the Test - that I took to turning the sound off altogether. Whatever one may think of Cook's tactical acumen it was absolutely terrible commentary. The TV punditry equivalent of aggressive trolling.

  • Herath-UK on June 19, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    His comments after Mankading incident involving Mathews was also of very unbecoming of a England captain & lowering its standard. He should learn to be astute & diplomatic as a captain.

  • David_Boon on June 19, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    "Something needs to be done" - It's called freedom of speech Alastair, get used to it. Maybe instead of complaining, try and address the issues: defensive, dull, unimaginative and ultimately mediocre captaincy is the problem here. Why would Warne, an Australian, offer you support!? Also, England change ODI captains every year so its no wonder you have you won the most games. His record is 33 wins from 59 games - not good. MS Dhoni has 3 times as many wins as captain and Clarke's record is 43 wins from 65 games, so maybe not a stat to boast about! Also England won in India mostly thanks to a legendary ton from KP, and you booted him from the team!

  • ryangy on June 19, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    I think in general his criticism is deserved recently and this whining is a little bit embarrassing and won't fill the dressing room with much pride/passion I would think! His wins were made using boring, grinding cricket and he has failed to adapt when he hasn't been winning. Cooks captaincy was woeful in the winter and by delaying the declaration in the last test it showed that he has not learned and would rather not lose than win. I've yet to hear from anyone, a pundit or fan who would not have given SL at least 5 overs on the 4th day

  • Puffin on June 19, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Thing is, if you do a bad job, you should expect criticism. The best way to halt the criticism would be to do a better job at captaincy. Moaning about it sure won't help.

  • Narkovian on June 19, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    I agree, Warne does tend to repeat himself. Can get a bit wearing. BUT I would tend to take a lot of notice about his comments when it comes to seeing what is good or bad in the way players are playing and captaining. He has a very astute brain when it comes to cricket tactics. IMHO Cook will never be a great ENG captain in the mould of Brearley, Illingworth for example. He appears formulaic. The main problem is that he isn't scoring runs. Technique problem.. perhaps finally found out? We shall see.

  • on June 19, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Mike Brearley was a great captain but indifferent batsman. With his batting skills apparently in decline, even Shane Warne wiill have to admit that Cook is getting more and more like Brearley these days.