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Cricket Buzz: England captain Cook hits out at Warne

Last updated on: June 19, 2014 21:33 IST

England's Cook hits out at Warne criticism of captaincy

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England captain Alastair Cook hit out at criticism of his leadership, saying on Thursday that "something needs to be done" about the attacks, including those coming from former Australia spinner Shane Warne.

Warne, one of cricket's greatest bowlers and who is close to current Australian coach Darren Lehmann, has been a constant critic of Cook since the 29-year-old replaced Andrew Strauss as Test captain, accusing him of being "negative" and "boring".

Cook defended himself during the drawn Test with Sri Lanka at Lord's which finished on Monday, with some suggesting an earlier declaration on the fourth day may have given England a better chance of bowling the tourists out in their second innings.

He did likewise in a BBC radio interview with Jonathan Agnew on Thursday.

"Something needs to be done, because for the three years of being England captain I have in my eyes been criticised for a hell of a lot of that," Cook said ahead of the second and final Test starting Friday at Headingley.

"Yes when you lose games of cricket you get criticised. But I’ve also won a lot of games of cricket for England, won more one-day games as an England captain, I won an Ashes, I won in India away, and that’s what I’m proud of as well.

"So to be criticised for three years totally with those results I find quite hard to take to be honest with you."

He was asked whether he thought Warne's criticism is personal.

"Yeah I think it is, yeah."

Under Cook's leadership England have won nine and lost six of the 22 Tests where he has been in charge, including the recent 5-0 Ashes defeat in Australia.


Image: Alastair Cook
Photographs: Ritam Banerjee/Getty Images

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Cricket Buzz: Ganguly joins Mudgal committee probe

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Former India captain Sourav Ganguly joined the Supreme Court-appointed Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal committee probing the allegations of betting and spot-fixing during the sixth Indian Premier League.

Ganguly specially flew down to New Delhi attend the proceedings as the full committee met for the first time.

"Yes, Sourav joined the investigations today. It was the first time after his appointment that we met in person. The meeting took place at my office and I would like to think that discussions were indeed very fruitful," Justice Mudgal said.

"We had already sent the relevant documents that Sourav would have required to study before our meeting. He came well prepared. Beyond that I am not in a position to divulge anymore information. From now on any meeting of the committee will be held in my office," he said.

Other members in the committee are Additional Solicitor General L Nageswara Rao, senior advocate Niloy Datta and senior IPS officer B B Mishra.

The Supreme Court had directed the probe committee to take a cricketer of 'impeccable integrity' on board to assist them on the cricketing matters related to the scandal.

Ganguly was the obvious choice as most of his other contemporaries like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble are all part of various IPL franchises.


Image: Sourav Ganguly
Photographs: Ritam Banerjee/Getty Images

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