Thursday 28 August 2014 

Cook Responds To Swann Criticism

Alastair Cook walks off after being dismissed
Alastair Cook says Graeme Swann's comments are 'unhelpful' and hs is a 'little bit disappointed' by them
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England captain Alastair Cook has responded to criticism from former team-mate Graeme Swann by saying the comments are not helpful and that he is a 'little bit disappointed'.

During the first One-Day International in Bristol, which was eventually abandoned due to rain, Swann ruled out England winning the 2015 World Cup during a commentary stint on the BBC's Test Match Special programme.

"We won't win this World Cup," Swann said. "In four years' time, we might have a chance if we get in all the exciting players who have none of the baggage of the old-style brand we play."

Asked about Cook's position in the team, Swann, who took 104 wickets in 79 ODIs and played at the 2011 World Cup, added:

"I love Cookie dearly, but I don't think he should be bothering playing one-day cricket anymore.

"He doesn't need to. He's proved a very good point in Test matches. He should just enjoy being England Test captain. Let in the young people who just want to smash it everywhere.

"He's not the guy who should be opening the batting in one-day cricket for England. (James) Vince should be doing it with (Alex) Hales in a young vibrant team with Eoin Morgan as captain."

And following England's 133-run defeat to India in the second ODI in Cardiff, Cook had this to say in his post-match press conference.

"I don't think it's that helpful, especially from a so-called friend.

"He's entitled to his opinion, but it's not ideal for me, especially when you get through the summer I've had.

"I am a little bit disappointed because he is a good friend of mine and has been a supporter."

In what has been a difficult summer for Cook, he has also had the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Michael Vaughan and Shane Warne criticise him at different times as he struggled for form with the bat and also came under fire for his leadership.

England turned a 1-0 deficit around to win the Test series 3-1 and now have to the same again as the ODI series moves on to Trent Bridge on Saturday (30th August).

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs