Swann’s ‘remarks were not that helpful’, says Alastair Cook

"His remarks were not that helpful - especially from a so-called friend - but he's entitled to his opinion"

“His remarks were not that helpful – especially from a so-called friend – but he’s entitled to his opinion”

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England captain Alastair Cook has announced that former off-spinner Graeme Swann’s comments about the national team not having “a cat in hell’s chance” of winning the 2015 World Cup “were not that helpful”.

Swann also stated that Cook should not bother playing ODI cricket anymore since he has already established himself as one of England’s greatest Test batsmen.

However, despite Swann’s comments, Cook made it clear that he intends to lead his country to their maiden World Cup victory next year.

But, Cook added that England have to perform better than they did during their 133-run loss to India via the Duckworth-Lewis method in the second ODI in Cardiff.

“His remarks were not that helpful – especially from a so-called friend – but he’s entitled to his opinion,” Cook said. “But it’s not ideal for me, especially after getting through the summer I’ve had. I have not spoken to him about it. The phone is always open the other way. It’s a little bit disappointing.

“He’s a good friend and has been a supporter and it’s not helpful at this time because I am going to go and captain in this World Cup. We’re going to build up to that and we’ve got a good chance although obviously if we play like that we aren’t going to win many games of cricket.”

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