Cook should not concern himself with Warne’s comments, says Steve Waugh

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“Alastair will just go out and do his job and if his side is winning then there’s not much else he can do”

Legendary Australia captain Steve Waugh has announced that England skipper Alastair Cook should not concern himself with former Australia spin king Shane Warne’s comments about him being “negative, boring [and] not very imaginative”.

Waugh also believes that Warne’s comments will not affect Cook’s performance throughout the upcoming Ashes series, which gets underway on November 21 in Brisbane.

“I think as a captain you do the job you have to do,” Waugh told Sky Sports News. “England won 3-0 in the summer and you can’t argue with that.

“As long as your own players respect you – and I think the England players respect Alastair Cook – then I’m sure that’s all he is concerned about.

“The comments from Shane will be water off a duck’s back. Alastair will just go out and do his job and if his side is winning then there’s not much else he can do.”

Waugh, who captained Australia in 15 out of their 16 successive Test victories, added that he believes this series will be much closer than England’s 3-0 victory in August.

“I think it will be a tough series for both sides and I think a lot will depend on the injury situation,” he said. “Key injuries to key players may sway the result in favour of the opposition but I think England will probably go in slight favourites.

“They’ve won the last three Ashes while Australia don’t quite know their batting ahead of the first Test. That gives England an edge but I think it will be 2-2.”

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