The Ashes: Cook dismisses Shane Warne`s jibes

Johannesburg: England captain Alastair Cook has dismissed Australian spin legend Shane Warne`s criticism of his leadership style, saying that everyone knows that Warne is heavily involved in Australia`s camp.

According to Sport24, Warne, now working as a broadcast and newspaper cricket pundit, said that England had taken an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the Ashes in spite, rather than because, of Cook`s `way too cautious` captaincy.

Stating that he is aware that Warne is a friend of Australian captain Michael Clarke, Cook however, said that everyone is entitled to their opinions, although he added that like most of the criticism thrown at them, he and his men try not to let that affect their team or themselves.

According to Cook, the media will continue to raise a hue and cry over such issues, adding that it is how they keep that noise from affecting their games that really matters.

The report further said that while commenting, Warne had criticised Cook`s decision to bring on Tim Bresnan in the final session of the fourth Ashes Test, although the Yorkshire seamer later claimed the key wicket of Australia opener David Warner.

England beat Australia by 74 runs on Monday to win the fourth Test at Chester-le-Street in Durham with more than a day to spare heading into next week`s fifth and final Test at The Oval , the report added.


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