England news August 28, 2014

'Friend' Swann's comments not helpful - Cook

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'Swann's comments unhelpful' - Cook

England captain Alastair Cook has said Graeme Swann's criticism of England's chances at the 2015 World Cup were "not helpful" and emphatically stated that he intended to lead the side into the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.

Earlier this week, Swann had condemned the decision to persist with Cook as England's one-day captain and had said that the team had a "cat in hell's chance" of winning the World Cup if they persisted with an old-fashioned selection approach. Swann had also said that Cook should "not bother playing one-day cricket anymore" and instead allow younger batsmen a chance.

"His remarks were not that helpful - especially from a so-called friend - but he's entitled to his opinion," Cook said after England's 133-run loss [D/L method] to India in the second ODI in Cardiff. "But it's not ideal for me, especially after getting through the summer I've had. I have not spoken to him about it. The phone is always open the other way. It's a little bit disappointing.

"He's a good friend and has been a supporter and it's not helpful at this time because I am going to go and captain in this World Cup. We're going to build up to that and we've got a good chance although obviously if we play like that we aren't going to win many games of cricket."

One of Swann's criticisms was that England's selection policy had been conservative, and reflected "a ten-year-old game". He suggested that the one-day team should be built around youngsters like Alex Hales, James Vince, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan who were more proficient in the format.

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  • John on September 1, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    @5wombats on (August 31, 2014, 18:21 GMT) I think you may be reading too much into it. However there may be some truth. I get the feeling that England like yes men in their ranks and I wonder if even the outspoken Swann never spoke his mind re Eng's probs as a player. Either that or they took no notice

  • Martin on August 31, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Looks like there was a bit of bad blood in Australia..... That's putting it mildly. There has to be a reason why Swanny walked out of an Ashes tour half way through. Seems like these comments from Swann are the beginnings to some payback. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Just wait until the gag comes off of Pietersen.... One day we will find out what was going on behind the scenes of that desperate 2013/14 Ashes and one day we will find out the truth about how we handed it to them on on plate because of infighting..... oh yes.

  • Dummy4 on August 29, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    cook forgot that swann won him the ashes just a year ago

  • Kuldeep on August 29, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Cook is right, one lose does not make him a bad captain.

  • Dummy4 on August 29, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Swann is right, go for the horses for courses approach and for gods sake dont pick bowlers who can bat, pick bowlers who will win you a game of cricket with the ball, a number 10 that bats might get 10-15 runs but give away double that and not take early wickets, i'd want 4 front line wicket taking threats of bowlers in the side then some allrounder batsmens like ali and root cover spin for the 5th/6th option, James Anderson, Broad, Adil Rashid, Harry Gurney, Steven Finn as possible options for the bowling slots, we need some batting momentum early doors and if we plan to keep ian bell we should have the possibility of bell batting with cook, the batting order should be a little more flexible, if hales is gone get in buttler/morgan earlier or bopara

  • Derrick on August 29, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    When England win, it is all roses, but the moment they have a bad game or two the retired elite and the media can sure kick them into the ground. When it comes to a South African supporter or the powers that be, we never kill one day and love the next. If England is to build a respectable team, harsh words are to be said behind closed doors. Everybody knows that England will be a great test and one day team in two seasons, but nobody seems to have the patience for it to develop.

  • Android on August 29, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    @hajltibonhoga u didn't understand my point mate. I meant to say that it's not only t20 that i was talking about and that includes odis too mate. i accept india hasn't done well in the concluded test series but u should also know that indian team is going through a transition phase mate. no offence that Jason Roy is very talented batsmen without any doubt but unless and until u don't prove urself at the international level then wt point are you gonna prove about urself. I also said that he should be included in the current English squad for the remaining odis against india. u got me absolutely wrong mate.

  • Hamish on August 29, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    @Dramit Singh: You say of Jason Roy, "i have seen him bat in a few matches of natwest t20 blast and i must say this guy is really a power house of hitting the cricket ball", and you ask the question, "how much is he good at the international level." This total focus on T20 is what is wrong with Indian cricket in my opinion, and is one of he fundamental reasons for the failure in tests and overseas. Indian cricketers are good at T20, therefore they are good at cricket is a puerile argument. The skills that come from playing T20 migrating into the longer forms of the game is fantastic for the development and health of the game overall, but to use T20 performance as a cricketer's worth is ridiculous.

  • John on August 29, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    I didn't agree with all the changes Swann was suggesting but certainly alot of them.

    Cook seems unable to take even the most constructive of criticisms on the chin.

    Swann has no agenda and while England might never win a WC or be the force India/SL/Aus are , there is certainly room for improvement.

    Swann was constructive with his criticisms and even gave examples of the stats obsessed staff's methods failing. Think is that Swann is just seeing what every other England fan is seeing and the stats which matter - ie re the players playing in blue or red or whatever the colour is next week - are the ones that are being ignored. Cook says Swann's words/suggestions are unhelpful - How does he know they are unhelpful if he has not tried acting on them?

  • sachin on August 29, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    Cook should remain as a captain. You don't play international cricket with bits and pieces cricketers or players with little experience. If cook can't take the team further in the world cup probably no one else can. He was the captain when they lost the champions trophy final last year. Its easy to understand why Swann who was part of this team just a few months ago is making such comments. Its the media pressure, one has to make sensational comments to be heard at the beginning of one's career. Its similar to making a century or taking a 5-wicket hall on debut. He will regret his comments and not much should be read into them. Anyhow, judjung by the way Indians played from the 3rd test onwards after a spectacular win at Lords (helped by mindless English batting post-lunch on day 5), England should now look forward to the remaining one-dayers. I am afraid to say that there is a high chance that the Indians will once again capitulate. I hope not for the sake of the game.

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