England news August 28, 2014

'Friend' Swann's comments not helpful - Cook

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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.