Alastair Cook hits back at ‘so-called friend’ Graeme Swann

Alastair Cook hitsback at Graeme Swann after the ex-England spinner called for him to quit as captain for the World Cup

Alastair Cook has hit back at Graeme Swann after the ex-England spinner called for him to quit as captain for the World Cup.

Test captain Cook is expected to lead the team into next year’s tournament but Swann this week claimed that the 29-year-old should not be skippering the side in the one-day format.

He’s entitled to his opinion, but it’s not ideal for me

Alastair Cook

However, speaking after England’s 133-run defeat by India in the second one-day international in Cardiff on Wednesday, Cook responded to his former team-mate.

“I don’t think it’s that helpful, especially from a so-called friend,” said Cook.

“He’s entitled to his opinion, but it’s not ideal for me, especially when you get through the summer I’ve had,”

Speaking to BBC Sport on Monday, Swann said: “I love Cookie dearly but I don’t think he should be bothering playing one-day cricket anymore.

“He doesn’t need to. He’s proved a very good point in Test matches. He should just enjoy being England Test captain. Let in the young people who just want to smash it everywhere.

“He’s not the guy who should be opening the batting in one-day cricket for England. Vince should be doing it with Hales in a young vibrant team with Eoin Morgan as captain.”

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