Swann and Cook have been good friends for many years.
Alastair Cook has hit back at former team mate Graeme Swann’s claims that he shouldn’t be captain of the England one day side anymore.
During the washed out first one day international between England and India, Swann told BBC’s Test match special that Cook “shouldn’t be bothering with one day cricket” and should instead focus on being captain of the test side.
Cook has hit back at his friend and former team mates comments, believing them to unhelpful in the run up to next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
“I don’t think it’s that helpful, especially from a so-called friend,” said Cook, speaking after England 133 run defeat to India in the 2nd ODI.
“He’s entitled to his opinion, but it’s not ideal for me, especially when you get through the summer I’ve had.”
Cook has faced stinging criticism of his captaincy all summer long and was close to resigning the test captaincy after England lost the 2nd test match against India at Lord’s.
However, England turned the series round and won the three remaining tests. This return to form released the pressure on Cook, in test cricket at least.
Swann’s main point was that Cook’s strike rate in one day cricket (currently 77.98 per 100 balls) isn’t good enough and doesn’t get England off to the fast start that they will need in order to beat sides in Australia and New Zealand.
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