Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Skipper Calls on Critics to Show Some Positivity

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Skipper Calls on Critics to Show Some Positivity

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ENGLAND captain Alastair Cook has hit back at critics of his leadership, chief among them Shane Warne, amid a robust defence of his credentials.

Cook (pictured left) has found himself in the Australia great's sights for much of his tenure as skipper, with the former leg-spinner repeatedly attacking his tactics and style. Prior to England's 5-0 Ashes defeat Down Under, Warne branded Cook "negative" and "boring" and advised the ECB to ditch him in favour of the now departed Kevin Pietersen. Other commentators and analysts have called into question Cook's perceived defensive nature in the field - but Warne's has been by far the most prolonged and pronounced.

In the main, Cook has responded with equanimity but on the eve of the second Investec Test against Sri Lanka, and with the timing of his declaration in the drawn series opener attracting fresh debate, the 29-year-old went on the offensive.

Questioned about the views of Warne, and others, by Radio Five Live's Jonathan Agnew, he said: "Something needs to be done because in three years I've been England captain I have just, in my eyes, been criticised for a heck of a lot of that. …

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