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Warne tells Cook: 'Take a rest'

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June 27, 2014

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Talking about Cook? Shane Warne and Kevin Pietersen catch up, The Oval, June 24, 2014
Shane Warne chats to Kevin Pietersen at The Oval this week © PA Photos

Shane Warne has stepped up his criticism of Alastair Cook's captaincy, insisting that his leadership of England at Headingley represented the worst day of international captaincy he had witnessed in 25 years.

In an outspoken column in the Telegraph, Warne dismissed Cook's suggestions that his criticism was somehow personal and suggested that it would be "a miracle" if he ever became tactically astute.

Cook had suggested ahead of the Headingley Test, which Sri Lanka won in the last over to take the series, that "something should be done" about Warne's trenchant criticism. He has insisted that he has no intention of resigning as England captain ahead of the Test series against India. He has received support, among others, from India's coach Duncan Fletcher, the man who first introduced him to Test cricket.

"There are three ways to go with Alastair 'Cooked' Cook," Warne wrote. "Everyone sticks their head in the sand and just allows things to keep going as is and hope he finds form with the bat and by a miracle discovers some tactical brains from somewhere. Two: he steps down from the captaincy to concentrate on his batting. Three: the most radical of all, he has a complete break away from the game.

"His captaincy at Lord's was terrible, then on Monday at Headingley I witnessed the worst day of captaincy I have ever seen at international level in almost 25 years in the game. It was horrific, and I am not the only one singing that tune.

"This column is not a personal attack and never has been Alastair. Mate, you need to improve tactically or England need someone else in the job. And I am not the only one saying it. Please speak to Michael Vaughan, Nasser Hussain and other successful captains who were tough, ruthless and got it.

"With Cook as captain England will always be conservative and get confused about what to do when games are in the balance because he retreats so quickly ... If a game is in the balance with Cook at the helm then I am here to tell you, England will lose."

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Posted by Vetti_Payyan on (July 2, 2014, 10:35 GMT)

@paps123: Understand one thing, Dhoni doesn't have quality bowlers like Anderson, Broad, Jordan etc. With a strong batting line, you will have to protect boundaries when the bowling unit was not up to mark. A draw is always better than a loss.

Cook's usage of his only spin bowler is pathetic, if you let a 150+ 9th wicket partnership, there is something really wrong. In this case, it was cook's captaincy!. it was his lacklustre captaincy that causes problems for the England team not the team's capability.

More over Dhoni has won world cups in all formats and attained No 1 status in tests as well.

Don't insult Dhoni by comparing him to Mr. Lacklustre Cook!

Posted by BillyCC on (June 30, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

@waspsting, Captain Cook won a series in India because of Pietersen and a series against Australia because the bowling attack was no good. Once you add a bit of quality to the opposition (eg. Mitchell Johnson) and take away a bit of quality from their eleven (Pietersen was pretty much missing mentally since the Australian tour started), then the end result is six losses out of seven test matches.

Posted by waspsting on (June 30, 2014, 7:04 GMT)

Captain Cook won series' against Aus and in India.

Now, the same Captain Cook is losing in Aus and to Sri Lanka.

Whats up?


Hard to say, perhaps impossible. I'm not willing to blame Cook's leadership, but I do think that the burdens of leadership (and it seems clear it is a mental burden to him, not un-understandably) are probably adversely affecting his batting.

While the merits of Cook's captaincy are open to debate, I dare say the potential value he brings with the bat is not.

I'd go for option 2 - let him play as a batsman alone - he can still be one of the best, maybe the best opener in the world. And give someone else the captaincy, see if they can do something better

Posted by LoveTeamIndia on (June 29, 2014, 5:56 GMT)

This same Cook was the captain when England won the Ashes in 2013 and beat India in India. I didn't hear Warne screaming for Cook's head. Now that England lost a few series, Cook is to blame? What can he do if his bowlers cannot get 10 Lankan wickets or his batsman cannot handle Dhamika Prasad & co?

Posted by Redmakka on (June 28, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

The biggest mistake Cook has made is making comments about Shane Warne's comments. It clearly shows that Warne has got to him. If nothing else he should have used those comments as motivation to improve. With that said, a captain is only as good as those around him. The England team is dire, from management to players. They got rid of the best player in KP because he was apparently a bad influence. KP is someone who has standards and if he thinks people fall below that, he will speak his mind. The England Cricket is full of 'YES MEN'. All of them before the Australia test Series thought they were the best team in the world because of the rankings. Ego plays a big part in everything and it is ego that has brought down England. Cook should not be bothered by what Shane Warne thinks of his Captaincy. His comments about Warne show that Warne was correct and that Cook does need a break from cricket. Cook is certainly not thinking straight, he is not mentally all there at the moment.

Posted by wapuser on (June 28, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

Cook has won the series in India that was mainly down to kp. He took the attack from oppo. But cook won't do that as he can't even buy a run for himself. They lost to Sl that was worse performance. Even if Zimbabwe comes here we will lose to them lol. Hope England can walk again from their loss. Peter Moore will be sacked if he lose the series to India so cook will be too. Need bell to captain for few years and rooty will take over from him.

Posted by adeng on (June 28, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

Seems only posts collaborating the article passes inspection... Take 2: Warne criticises everyone that hails from anywhere outside Australia, but he has been going on about Cook more than usual for his loud mouth, which smacks a bit of a personal vendetta. That said, I recall him being critical of almost every international captain that were Ponting or Clarke.

Posted by Tongariro on (June 28, 2014, 8:28 GMT)

Cook is not a Captain. I watched him during the Sydney in January and he was at first slip looking confused, doing nothing and there was Broad, at mid-on, directing and moving the field around. Cook looked totally out of his depth.

Posted by paps123 on (June 28, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

Cook's captaincy has been poor no doubt but now he'll be up against Dhoni whose captaincy in away tests has been hilarious at times resulting in draws and loses from impregnable situations because of his defensive captaincy such as having 7 fielders in on side . Can cook beat that i doubt. How on earth so called experts dont criticize Dhoni's captaincy is a mystery. Well he wins in India in 3 days... If that is the reason then even if India plays Harsha Bhogle at Number 11 they will still lose once in 20 years in India.

Posted by rhtdm302 on (June 28, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

Easiest way to back to form is play against India. So cook should be given that chance.

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (June 28, 2014, 4:10 GMT)

Warne is right in his criticisms but he has provided a false trilemma. There is absolutely no reason why Cook cannot improve as captain. He needs to learn some simple things like: always try to dismiss the batsmen on strike (whether tail ender or not), don't ball chase with the field (identify the batsmens' top scoring zones and keep your fielders there), make sure your bowlers have and understand 3-4 plans for each batsmen and etc.

Posted by bjcm12 on (June 28, 2014, 2:54 GMT)

Warney - let the boy stay until the next ashes in England.

Posted by SixSmasher on (June 28, 2014, 2:01 GMT)

I would bet my house that if we can bring my 13 year old self back from the past and I played in these tests when I was 13 years old as captain instead of Cook that England would have won the first test and not lost the second. Cook's captaincy is so abysmal that it can sway the game by 200 runs or more in some games. Then there's the declarations. Anyone that knows anything about cricket would have declared an age before Cook did in the first test. England's field settings are generally dreadful and the team selection is equally as bad. Cook being captain is a disgrace to English cricket. Only people that know NOTHING about cricket back Cook.

Posted by Robster1 on (June 28, 2014, 1:31 GMT)

As an Englishman, I know this time that Warne is right. Cook is simply not captainancy material. Never has been, or will be. Time to move on asap England. Just how many times does Cook have to change a field mid over, having elongated chats with the bowler. It's not a cunning plan, it's pure indecision, I don't know etc. Cook is a very cautious, dull, turgid skipper. Cheerio Alistair and go back to being a good test batsman.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2014, 0:51 GMT)

@s. Kahn, the trouble was that in India when Aus performed so terribly, there were recognised severe problems with the management structure which were obviously affecting the captain and team. as soon as those influences were removed, the team improved almost instantly. Don't let the scoreline in England mislead you. When England came out to Australia, their team was on top of the world, and the first day notwithstanding, Cook looked hapless as soon as he was under pressure from the very first.

Posted by Manush on (June 28, 2014, 0:18 GMT)

Unbiased review by Warne. Set aside sentiments, on performance he must have been sacked even before the Sri Lanka series and after the new debacle, why to continue with him. At best, he can be given another chance as a player based on past records and put Prior on the job against India.

Posted by Philip_Gnana on (June 27, 2014, 23:47 GMT)

Typical of England. Having lost a series that they should have "won comfortably", they say that they need to take the positives. Warne is saying what has to be said not a personal attack.

Now it will be Dhoni who will be giving England a few lessons about tactics and positive mental attitude. Philip Gnana, Surrey.

Posted by Stevebob on (June 27, 2014, 23:45 GMT)

I think there is no alternative to cook, certainly not KP Mr Warne, but worryingly I thing Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad will not have too much longer in there careers if Cook remains captain

Posted by thozar on (June 27, 2014, 23:36 GMT)

I am not sure why Warne is lambasting Alastair Cook for his captaincy. I will criticize his batting as he hasn't scored any meaningful runs since that dream series he had against India in 2013-2014. He was in the middle of a purple patch and that is what helped England win even though it should not be forgotten that India were, and still are, in a rebuilding phase. This result that Sri Lanka got is not because of Cook's poor captaincy (although he shouldn't have chosen to field first. I think the fact that he was criticized for always erring on the side of caution is what made him take that silly decision). The reason for Eng's defeat is their poor batting. Sri Lanka is a mediocre side in tests. What England have proved is that they have gotten worse than SL. Losing a home series to SL is a big shame and the only thing more shameful is losing a series anywhere to Bangladesh.

oh India are 333-4 in their pratice game with 2 batsmen retiring out. Ominous signs, India will win 5-0:-)

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 22:32 GMT)

This is nothing to do with Cook's captaincy, it is just the unpleasant Pietersen gang getting their revenge.

Posted by Natural_Outswing on (June 27, 2014, 22:31 GMT)

Warne is, of course, talking rubbish. Cook should absolutely not back down. He should find his own path by LEARNING to be a creative captain. The starting point it to ask former captains known for their tactical acumen how they approached the task, then put what he hears into his own words. Next, put his interpretation of what he's heard into a series of questions he asks himself at the stat of every over, and even every ball. By asking himself the right questions he will start to find answers.

Posted by neil99 on (June 27, 2014, 22:04 GMT)

The one way for Cook to admonish his critics is to win matches. There is no media witch hunt - the recent test & ODI performances have been nothing short of is appalling - and Cooks nativity in thinking its personal absolutely, 100% proves he isn't up to it. Warne is spot on, but that doesn't make me like him.

Posted by Sgtm1993 on (June 27, 2014, 20:15 GMT)

Not sure why people are complaining about warne here. He's bang on about cook. I have an insomniac friend and he fell asleep watching cook captain the team. It was the same basic nonsense till herath self destructed. For 4 deliveries of the over..he'll have all the fielders out on the boundary and for the next..everyone'll come close and matthews will wack it for 4 and the next delivery, matthews took an easy single on the leg side. It happened for 25 overs straight and none of the fielding position changed. For a second i thought there was no captain on the ground, and players were robots and fixed like machine. I know warne really hypes up clarke but for me even he got all his tricks after lehmann came abroad. Before that when clarke was incharge of the home south african serieis in 2012, you didn't see all that from clarke. But ya, cook is dull and boring and either give up captaincy or just retire. A mediocre bowler can figure him out now..just bowl outside off and he'll poke it.

Posted by Herath-UK on (June 27, 2014, 19:39 GMT)

The main thing is Sri Lanka have taken England by surprise. Mathew's shrewd strong captaincy(& Mahela combined efforts) has shaken them to the core. Mathew showed that he is not going to be another push over from Mankading incident on wards & his masterful innings of 160 or so was too much to bear not only for Cooks but the whole England team. I've never seen an English player, a strong fast bowler at that, falling on hunches & become emotional as Anderson did when Sri Lanka made the grand win. The rest should help to get over that shock. Cook should be given another chance I think.

Posted by steve48 on (June 27, 2014, 19:12 GMT)

Warne is saying these things because Cook is always messing up on the sides of caution and inflexibility. What changed once Herath started looking comfortable alongside Matthews? Why did we not try to get Matthews out, for that matter? Was there a plan that fatal 4th morning for those 7 overs before the new ball? 40 runs, batsmen in, can't have been it! At Lords, we needed to declare earlier to ensure more than 10 overs with the second new ball, instead we were worried about Sri Lanka chasing down 300 on the last day! Now THAT is cautious. There are real examples as to why Cook is a BAD captain, we could happily cope with him being below average. Last point; why is Bell not mortally offended at all this 'no alternative to Cook' stuff?

Posted by indianzen on (June 27, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

Captaincy is about mastering when to do what. Pitch is turning, call up your spinners. Pitch is damp, call up part timers. Pitch has some grass, call up your pace men... Unfortunately cook doesn't look to know anything about this...

Posted by DrJez on (June 27, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

Warne is making the mistake of saying that all sides should act as his great Aus side did. Caution isn't inherently bad. A great team can take a punt because they've a good chance in the next game. But not many sides are good enough to do that. His suggestion that Eng should have declared 300 ahead on day 4 of 1st test was frankly ludicrous. In any case, he has expressed his opinion about Cook about 247 times already, so I wish he would stop banging on. And on. And on. And on. And on. Instead, name the alternative, and provide justification.

Posted by gujratwalla on (June 27, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

Cook is doing what comes naturally to his inherent mentality and that is safety first and unwillingless to be more positive and adventrous. In fact there has hardly been a bold and spirited English captain in ages! England need more devil may care cricketers like Ian Botham and a captain like Ray Illingworth who by his sheer determination moulded ordinary cricketers into battling test class players.As for Shane Warne he is typical Australian press...anything to get the Poms low and anything to make a buck.Where have the Richie Benauds and Ian Chappells gone?Cook is a good batsman but too much of a gentleman to succeed as a captain.

Posted by nursery_ender on (June 27, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

Posted by KumarSubramanyan on (June 27, 2014, 10:36 GMT) Is there a Mike Brearley kinda guy on the county circuit?

If there was, don't you think he'd be captain already? There hasn't been a Brearley type since Brearley retired. And can you imagine the stick Brearley would get for his batting these days? It was bad enough in 1981.

Posted by jackiethepen on (June 27, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

Of course Bell has the tactical nous Matt. Why are you unsure? Have you ever watched him captain Warwickshire? Even when he captained the friendly in Australia when Cook was resting he won the game by using the two spinners in tandem when the seamers - those big tall lads - didn't take wickets. He's the most aggressive fielder in the side. He should make a very good captain if he was ever allowed out of the control of the coach Moores. There's too much interference from the coaches these days who seem to work to a formula. He's far more experienced than Moores at international cricket and if he's allowed to think on his feet then he will set innovative fields like he does for Warwickshire.

Posted by lebigfella on (June 27, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

I have just written two essays conveying my thoughts from a cafe in Hvar and a bar in Split and neither have been published... in summary: Warne is right, Cook shouldn't be captain, our players need a kick up their backsides, sadly we're going to struggle over the next couple of years

Posted by xylo on (June 27, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

As much as this criticism is valid, I don't see anybody who could replace him - Prior maybe, but his own form is very patchy, and he was very lucky to be even picked for the last series. And also, let's not forget the overarching influence of the coach in English cricket.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

dear warne, its test cricket & most tactical one, but these tactics invole both captain & coach, so you can't blame him alone. secondly my dear ECB think tank would have already done bulk of brainstorming when they captained him, its not all wrong. 3rdly do critisize but give him & the teame some time as they are rebuilding. do you very recently remember how stupidly Australia behaved as team againt india in india? where were skills of mr clarke than? nothing is wrong with cook & ECB, just give them some time.

Posted by Seamer_Singh on (June 27, 2014, 14:53 GMT)

Let's just remember England are in a rebuilding phase after losing their best players (KP & GS) not to forget Trott and have recently appointed a new coach. He's only been captain for a year and a half and plus the fact he is still relatively young, he needs time for things to settle. Warne has been harsh with his comments although he is right about 'improving tactically', he should be more constructive and suggest what Cook can do differently. I hate to compare but Dhoni with his team is going through a similar phase... the upcoming series should be very interesting.

Posted by mahjut on (June 27, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

I think Warne could be correct (apart from there being no-one obvious to take Cook's place) but the main criticism I have with what Warne is quoted as saying in THIS article above - is that he did not really say what he would have done differently. Eng took 6 wickets in the final session of the first test - and were at the final pair pretty aggressively (and he's brought Plunket in for that aggression). It just didn't happen (Ponting's bunch couldn't get Monty either remember). in this last test Cook's 'tail' batted for a whole day with his number 11 recording a record for balls faced.

What would Warnie have done differently ... exactly? Maybe, try a spinner?

Posted by Matt. on (June 27, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

I think most will agree Cook should no longer be captain. Without the captaincy his batting form will most likely return. The problem is there is no obvious replacement. Bell is the only one who comes to mind but i'm not sure if he has the tactical nous, and do you want to risk affecting his batting? In any case I hope things stay the same until the next ashes at least ;)

Posted by HatsforBats on (June 27, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

Poor Cook, Warne has turned the heat up to 11 and, even if he never wins an award for his clumsy prose, he is surely placing Cook's head under the guillotine. Not that Cook needs any help in that department, his captaincy is everything Warne says it is and more; inept, naive, stagnant, defensive. I previously mistook his quiet calm under media scrutiny for confidence and sporting intelligence, no longer.

I can't imagine Cook staying captain after the Indian tour. With the pitches being rolled out as they are and have been for a while, the much more talented Indian lineup could be putting some up some big scores. Even with a "popgun attack" India now have as good a chance as ever to win in England.

Posted by jpbenice on (June 27, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

I am afraid that Warne's points are valid. Cook errs on the side of caution, both test should have been a positive England result and due to Cook's negative or conservative captaincy he has failed to gain the result that was necessary. It is very difficult to criticise politely and as Warne said this should not be taken as a personal attack. Reflection is necessary, and recognition of capabilities should be taken on board otherwise this will be an issue until sorted. England will continue on a downward slide until this is laid to rest!

Posted by valleypf on (June 27, 2014, 13:31 GMT)

Nathan Aravinthan In your haste to play the man you neglected to mention whether you thought Warne was right or not? Who knows but that he might be serving English cricket's best interests by helping remove Captain Inertia.

Posted by 2MikeGattings on (June 27, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

Give it a rest yourself, Shane. You didn't "witness" anything - you weren't there.

Posted by 2MikeGattings on (June 27, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

Warne did not "witness" anything - he wasn't there.

Posted by Sultan2007 on (June 27, 2014, 13:23 GMT)

I think Warne is spot on. If England win, it will be through the weight of runs or an outstanding bowling performance - neither of which can be attributed to a Captain's tactical nous. When things are going well, the captain is a happy passenger. Its only when games are in the balance, as Warne says, that tactical creativity comes in. Cook shouldnt take it personally because at the end of the day, there arent that many great captains out there including my cricketing idol, MS Dhoni. And there are many immense players who didnt have it - Sachin/Mark Waugh/Lara/Kallis to name a few! And then, Mike Brearley had it in spades even though he struggled to justifiy his place in the English side.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (June 27, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

@ZainE -Talking of 'gentlemans' or 'mind' games,bet Eng would know better.They've been masters of the 'mind' for long time now.Moreover Aussies are so far ahead Eng in actual game-on the field-it will be last thing in any Aussies mind with Ashes far away.

Posted by fwd079 on (June 27, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

Well as an Aussie he's always seen with tinted glasses in ECB circles and in England. But even as an English supporter, I can't help but agree with Warne on this one, in my view ECB will not let go of Cook that soon, so India vs Eng series should be his last one. If he doesn't produce, we need to replace him.

We in England also face dilemma of who to replace Cook with, though.

Posted by JDEffer on (June 27, 2014, 12:53 GMT)

No point in attacking the messenger because he's being direct. No, he didn't captain at Test level,, but be played for and saw many great captains perform their art, during his long career. He's qualified to judge - absolutely. Now to Cook. I like the guy and he's a very good bat. His form will come back if he's allowed too give up the England Captain's role, I believe. Do that and give him a chance to bat well again or he may be completely ruined. A captain needs to have leadership talent. Great leaders are born not created..period. A leader is strong, confident, supportive, clear-thinking and someone that his players can trust to make mostly the right decisions. I'm not sure that England have that at the helm. The search has to start now. First step is to allow Cook to concentrate only on returning to form. Management needs to step up and do their job - defending the indefensible is weakness in itself.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (June 27, 2014, 12:32 GMT)

For right or for wrong, the fingers of blame / axes of doom have firmly come down on Captain Alastair Cook. I don't think anyone can question his talents with the bat; he is currently just in abysmal form, and most people here hope he comes back out of this rut. Captaincy... well he was always going to divide the fans with his tactics and ways. Without knowing what goes on and what's said behind closed doors such as in dressing rooms, how are we all to know whether Cook is just a hopeless tactical leader, or whether his team-mates are simply shockingly bad at following orders/sticking to plans etc? Watching body languages and proceedings out in the field, I can't help but feel it's perhaps a bit of both, but predominantly the former that is the biggest problem/disappointment for England.

The Americans are renowned for something called 'accountability', whereby mistakes/failings must be answered and addressed. Why bowl short and wide at Headingley of all places Captain Cook? Time out!

Posted by TripleCenturian on (June 27, 2014, 12:24 GMT)

This is sad on two levels. First because its correct but secondly because it does not need to be told to Cook by Warne, but in private by someone who might have more respect - Vaughan, Strauss or anyone else who has been a successful England skipper in recent times. Warne is just stirring the pot as he did when it came to the variety of different deliveries he kept on inventing - sliders, zooters, and whatever else he could conjure up, most of which were to just try and get one over psychologically rather than by doing a fat lot differently with the ball. He would have made a great leader of the Aussie team but he kep on pressing the self destruct button which made it impossible for him to be appointed for fear of him doing something stupid off the field that would make his position untenable. Cook needs guidance and a conversation with someone who has credibility and respect. Moores and Farbrace cannot offer this as they have never done the role let alone play Test cricket.

Posted by InternationalCricketFollower on (June 27, 2014, 12:11 GMT)

Warne should write about Angelo Mathew's captaincy too.

Posted by CricketBadger on (June 27, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

I wonder why Cook hasn't taken advice from Vaughan or Hussain? I think Warne is right, perhaps just a bit condescending about it. Cook is strong, English-style captain in the same way Strauss was. Could be a bit more adventurous - like his crazy field settings at Lords that apparently befuddled Sanga. Yes, he does often fail to seize the day, but the players often let him down. Poor batting, especially from seasoned players like Bell and Prior didn't push home advantages, and then bowlers not bowling to plan... if we'd had the same in the 2011/12 Ashes in Oz, then instead of winning gloriously, we would have lost - batsmen batted ruthlessly and bowlers bowled well!

Never understood all the negativity towards Bell either - perhaps not the strongest character in English cricket, but has been a good, attacking captain for Warks.

Posted by ZainE111 on (June 27, 2014, 11:46 GMT)

Shane Warne's column is inappropriate.

Slinging mud at Cook is surely not the best way forward for English cricket. Warne should rather provide a technical critique of Cook's captaincy during the SL series - highlighting things he would have done differently. Or, preferably, say nothing at all and leave it to the English to sort out any captaincy problems they may have.

I suspect this is simply another instance of the typical Aussie mind games in preparation for the Ashes next year. They seem to be starting sooner and sooner with the mind games.

I wonder what happened to the "gentleman's sport".

Posted by Speng on (June 27, 2014, 11:45 GMT)

I've said it here tons of times, Cook has a continuous tendency to fail to seize the moment in Tests. Lord's was the first example in this series where in the 2nd innings ENG spent too much time consolidating a poor start to the innings when they should have been pushing to build a lead for a declaration. At Headingly, after their great start to the first innings the game just seemed to go continuously downhill for ENG. It's not that ENG looses under Cook, my beef with him is that way too often they snatch draws from the jaws of victory and with a rebuilding team with a lot of inexperienced players there is even more emphasis on the captain's tactical nous.

As for his batting, he seems to be going thru one of the abject slumps that seems to affect almost all left-handers at some point in their careers - even Lara had a horrible patch where he was pushing everything to first slip - but BCL didn't have to sort that out while being capt.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (June 27, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

Unfortunately, Warne is pretty much correct. It pains me to say that, because I like Cook. I hope he proves, Warne, me and everyone wrong. The sight of him close to tears last season when Faulkner slammed about sixty runs to get Australia home by a wicket in that ODI was painful to watch - even for an Aussie.

I'll be cheering when Cook gets his next win... But I won't be holding my breath.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 11:43 GMT)

The dignity and poise Cook diplays on his worst day is still more than Warne could muster throughout his entire bloody career! Warne continues to demonstrate his lack of class in kicking someone when they are down. Leadership is a lot more than just winning. it is about playing the game in the propet spirit; being gracious in victory and accepting defeat with grace. There is a reason Warne (thankfully) never captained Australia. Cook has and will be a fine ambassador for English cricket than Warne and pal Pietersen ever could be. Warne should take his own advice and take a break...permanently,

Posted by BigMachine on (June 27, 2014, 11:34 GMT)

England should not sack Cook. Whilst he does not look the most tactically astute as captain, the reality is there is no other viable option.

England are in this stuck vicious circle that they have made for themselves. They earmark players for the test team from an early age and get them into the 'England system' from here they play little first class cricket outside of the England setup and thus are denied valuable match experience or oportunites to captain and learn the art of captaincy in a less pressurised county environment.

By wrapping players up in cotton wool and doing all they can to keep them away from the county scene is denying them valuable cricketing experience. You learn from playing and not attending team meetings and presentations.

Posted by Roshan_P on (June 27, 2014, 11:31 GMT)

I think Stokes or Buttler will be captain in the future as they are both strong characters and are not afraid to be aggressive. Providing they are tactically astute, they will make good captains. Bell will surely be a better captain than Cook as even I think I could be a better captain than Cook. He's so poor - it's like they have deliberately picked the worst person. I'm sure he will have good man-management skills and is tactically aware. As a captain you can be aggressive tactically without having an aggressive personality. However I worry for his batting as he has never flourished under pressure.

Posted by stez on (June 27, 2014, 11:11 GMT)

Just how many Tests did Warne captain in? He's entitled to his opinion and he may well be right but I'd be more interested to hear what successful Test captains think about this....

Posted by Kadmin on (June 27, 2014, 11:07 GMT)

Mate, no one has ever figured out how the life goes. I believe everyone is a leader in their own terms. This is just a rough patch he is going through. It's not going to help by low blow cook when he is down. Yes he has work his arse off to get back. But quick turnarounds aren't really long term turnarounds. He will get there and I believe he is a fighter, like he did back in INDIA. And I believe ENG fans will support him 100%. SL and AUS fan.

Posted by Tigg on (June 27, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

I've been saying for ages Bell should be captain. He has an excellent record with Warwickshire and is considerably more aggressive than Cook. Also, as a middle-order bat he has time between innings to switch from captaincy mode to batting mode. Cook will go down in history as one of the best batsmen to have played for England, he's just not a strong captain. I feel bad for the bowlers as he insists on flogging them for long spells in the heat. If things aren't going well he seems to have one plan, bowl Anderson into the ground.

Posted by sachin_ten_fan on (June 27, 2014, 11:03 GMT)

Warne obviously is playing word games before the Ashes in another 365 days! Agreed that Cook's leadership may not be top notch but there is no need to worry about his batting form as the Indians are here and they would make sure that he gets back in form. Cook likes playing against India as that's where he began his career and did very well in his debut series.

Posted by SagirParkar on (June 27, 2014, 11:02 GMT)

Warney, you beauty mate !!!!

always admired the way you were never afraid to be honest and speak your mind out.. you are lucky not to be in the Eng squad, else you'd have been sidelined like KP was... let's see how Cook responds to this now.. ball's in his court.

Posted by Chad950 on (June 27, 2014, 10:55 GMT)

The first duty of a good captain is to be a good role model. Who is the better role model- Cook or Warne?

Posted by BillyCC on (June 27, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

Warne is the best captain Australia never had. Cook is fast becoming England's worst every captain. And let's not forget the resources he's had. Remember, Anderson and Broad were part of the No.1 team three years ago. And there's still depth in the fast bowling stocks He's lost the spinner in Swann but come on, all he needed was the wicket of Herath. If he can't juggle the bowling resources at his disposal and place the correct fields to get Herath out, surely that's saying something.

Posted by Chris1881 on (June 27, 2014, 10:46 GMT)

Didn't Moores say Cook's best day as captain was when he sat all day in the dressing room (on the last day)?

Tacit agreement with Warne, albeit unwitting.

Posted by kensohatter on (June 27, 2014, 10:44 GMT)

I believe Warne is correct. Cook has a tough time tactically and lacks the ruthlessness required to win close games. However one issue not addressed here is that there is quite simply no suitable replacement to take over from Cook. Bell would be worse than Cook. Prior can barely hold his own spot in the team. Anderson is moody and a typically bowler which only really leaves Broad as a viable option and im just not sure hes ready for that. Cook remains englands best option

Posted by Westmorlandia on (June 27, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

Warne is a professional provocateur. Perhaps he should take a break himself.

Posted by sray23 on (June 27, 2014, 10:38 GMT)

As ever, Warnie is brutal - and it will sting Cook - but you can't deny Warne's criticism is valid. MS Dhoni should also take note. But even Dhoni has a valid excuse - if SL bowlers were deemed County 2nd XI standard, then Indian bowlers would be County 10th XI standard. So Dhoni should be judged according to that, especially away from home. But Cook has no excuses like that - he has very decent bowlers and still can't work out tacitcs under pressure. Probably he will survive for now, but long term he is not the right answer.

Posted by KumarSubramanyan on (June 27, 2014, 10:36 GMT)

Is there a Mike Brearley kinda guy on the county circuit? Get that fella in to captain the side and let Cook just concentrate on opening the batting..That way England will have a two-fold advantage...they can re-discover Cook, the batsman and get a new captain..Hurrah!!!

Posted by rizwan1981 on (June 27, 2014, 10:14 GMT)

Andy Flower and Moores should be sacked , KP brought back and Bell appointed as the Captain with Cook concentrating on being the opener .

The main problem with the current lineup of English batters is none of them score quickly and will find the going tough against a disciplined attack like SA or the Aussies .

Posted by A.Ak on (June 27, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

I didnt like much of his captaincy either, but that's rude!. Eng bowlers weren't efficient in those games. You can't cook a delicious steak with chicken legs.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (June 27, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

Why Warne keeps repeating ? Leave it to the English management to decide. Whom does he think will do a better job? Bell, Anderson, Broad? I don't think so.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (June 27, 2014, 9:55 GMT)

Whichever side of the captaincy debate you are on (and I thought that he would quite possibly resign after the Sri Lanka series), you have to face facts that he is not going to go and will, most likely, soldier on until the end of the India series that finishes England's Test programme until May 2015.

If you are an England fan, face facts: he is staying and you have to back him.

If you are not an England fan: he's not going to be convinced and further efforts to destabilise him may just bring the opposite effect, as well as uniting the team behind him.

Posted by jb633 on (June 27, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

As an English fan it's hard to like Warne, but as an English fan it's even harder to like Cook's captaincy. He is spot here. Cook is a walking disaster as captain and it just wont work with him there. Lets give it to Broad (be brave for oncce) and try and let Cook focus on his batting.

Posted by BloemBull on (June 27, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

Cook can't resign - even if he wanted to. England captains can only resign if there is a touring SA side on England shores.

Posted by anver777 on (June 27, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

I'm sure Cook will regain his lost form in the coming IND series !!!!! I only can say is Warnie wait for couple of months, once Cook starts scoring & winning matches you will have to take your words back !!!!

Posted by liz1558 on (June 27, 2014, 9:30 GMT)

Very hard to disagree with Warne. Cook has got to go as captain. This might've started out as Warne sledging from the press box, but it's a miserable business watching Cook's England: fragile, shorn or ideas, lacklustre, lacking clear leadership, and easily bullied. Cook just looks out of his depth. If the England management don't act now, then this will all end in tears at the end of the summer with Cook still insisting that he's the right man for the job. Cook the batsman is far more important than Cook the captain. His runs provided leadership without being captain.

Posted by ITJOBSUCKS on (June 27, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

Shane Warne has hit the nail on the head!!!

Posted by pom_don on (June 27, 2014, 9:18 GMT)

Not a fan of Warne as a person (as a bowler he was brilliant though) however he is just about spot on re. Cook the guy is just not captain material, keep him as opener after a break by all means but as captain he is all at sea, just not the right guy at the helm & never will be. When we were winning he still made poor decisions on the field but these were masked by some great performances from players which won us games rather than his role as captain which hindered rather than helped. Cookie seems a nice guy & probably that is part of the problem, we need a dynamic decision maker who can be ruthless if required rather than a 'thoroughly nice chap'

Posted by MetimInaGaibar on (June 27, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

Warne is talking sense. Leaders aren't made, you either have those qualities or you don't and unfortunately Cook is not a natural leader.

Posted by Army_rangers on (June 27, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

the above picture only add some more salt to the cook's wounds.LOL perfect picture with perfect timing

Posted by gauravtara on (June 27, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

Though I feel bad for Cook, every cricketer goes through a rough patch, but as an Indian fan - I'd say keep it coming Warnie!

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