‘Now is a great opportunity for Alastair Cook to stand up and take charge’, says Shane Warne

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“I just think Alastair Cook needs to take some charge and now’s as good a time as any.”

With England already having lost the Ashes for the first time in five years, former Australia spin king Shane Warne believes “now is a great opportunity for Alastair Cook to stand up and take charge”.

Warne’s comments come after England lost batsman Jonathan Trott to a stress-related illness at the beginning of the series and off-spinner Graeme Swann, who announced his retirement from international cricket yesterday.

“Out of all the years I’ve been watching England this is the most I’ve seen them in disarray,” Warne said. “The wheels are off.

“Now is a great opportunity for Alastair Cook to stand up and take charge and say: ‘Right, guys. Enough is enough. This is what we’re about, we’re a good cricket side.

“He needs to take charge. I think he hasn’t taken enough charge in the whole series.

“If you rock up at the ground and look at the Australians, you know who’s in charge. You look at the England team, and there’s three or four players waving their hands around, telling people where they should be fielding.

“I just think Alastair Cook needs to take some charge and now’s as good a time as any.”

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