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In his latest criticism of Alastair Cook, Australia spin king Shane Warne has announced that the England skipper needs to give up the captaincy or take a break from cricket.
Warne’s comments come after England’s 100-run loss against Sri Lanka during the second Test at Headingley.
“There are three ways to go with Alastair ‘Cooked’ Cook,” Warne wrote in his column for The Telegraph. “Everyone sticks their head in the sand and just allows things to keep going as is and hope he finds form with the bat and by a miracle discovers some tactical brains from somewhere. Two: he steps down from the captaincy to concentrate on his batting. Three: the most radical of all, he has a complete break away from the game.
“His captaincy at Lord’s was terrible, then on Monday at Headingley I witnessed the worst day of captaincy I have ever seen at international level in almost 25 years in the game. It was horrific, and I am not the only one singing that tune.
“This column is not a personal attack and never has been Alastair. Mate, you need to improve tactically or England need someone else in the job. And I am not the only one saying it. Please speak to Michael Vaughan, Nasser Hussain and other successful captains who were tough, ruthless and got it.
“With Cook as captain England will always be conservative and get confused about what to do when games are in the balance because he retreats so quickly…If a game is in the balance with Cook at the helm then I am here to tell you, England will lose.”