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Former England off-spinner Graeme Swann believes “being one-day captain is a poisoned chalice for” Alastair Cook.
Swann recently said that Cook shouldn’t even bother playing ODIs since he is a more established Test player. Instead, Swann wants to see exciting young talents like Alex Hales, Jason Roy, James Taylor and James Vince take over the ODI squad.
However, Cook was infuriated with Swann’s comments, saying: “I don’t think it’s that helpful – especially from a so-called friend”.
But, Swann refused to back down and targeted Cook once again in his column for The Sun: “Real mates are honest with each other. I’m no longer in the England dressing room and it is my job now as a pundit to give my honest thoughts.
“I think being one-day captain is a poisoned chalice for him. He just doesn’t need the job. The cricket England are playing in 50-over cricket is outdated and I fear it will be a painful winter for the team.
“I don’t want him to be part of it. This is not a witch-hunt against ‘Cookie’ and I’m still a huge supporter of his captaincy in Test cricket. But, in one-day matches, I want England to play the exciting cricket they promised six months ago when Peter Moores took over as head coach.
“We’re happy to tootle along in a two-litre diesel in a Formula One race.
“England must change their strategy to have any chance of winning the World Cup.
“I’m 100 per cent behind him as Test captain. But, in one-day cricket, you should pick your 11 best players and choose your captain from there and I don’t think he is one of the best 11 players.”