England captain Alastair Cook has lashed out at legendary Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne after his captaincy style was criticised time and time again.
Warne has been one of Cook’s main critics ever since he was handed the captaincy at the end of 2012 and has often branded him as “boring” and “negative”.
“Something needs to be done because in [the] three years I’ve been England captain I have just, in my eyes, been criticised for a hell of a lot of that,” Cook said. “Yes, when we lose games of cricket as a captain you get criticised. But I’ve also won a lot of games cricket for England, won more one-day games than anyone as England captain, won an Ashes, won in India away and that’s what I’m proud of as well. So to be criticised for three years, totally, with those results, I find quite hard to take to be honest with you.
“Support and positivity is what this England team needs. The crowd at Lord’s were brilliant, the public there were fantastic, got behind the lads and they really drove off it and a bit more support like that will hold everyone in good stead.”
Cook feels that Warne’s criticisms are becoming personal and added that he doesn’t believe scoring a century during the second Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley will change a thing.
“Yeah, I think it is [personal],” Cook said. “It probably won’t change anything, which is sad.”