Cook defends Anderson and Broad, rubbishes Gul`s claims

London: England`s ODI captain Alastair Cook on Monday rubbished Pakistan pacer Umar Gul`s claim that English pacers James Anderson and Stuart Broad were involved in ball tampering.

Gul had claimed yesterday that he saw Anderson tampering with the ball during Pakistan`s 2010 tour of England and that Broad did the same in the last Ashes series in Australia.

Cook put up a stout defence of his bowlers and said Gul should have approached the authorities, if he had seen such a thing.

"We certainly haven`t tampered with the ball and if he did have any complaints he should have gone to the ICC over that," Cook told reporters at Heathrow Airport before his team`s departure for India where they are scheduled to play five one-dayers and a T20 game.

"I saw Anderson do it last year when we went to England. Then in the Ashes series Stuart Broad was seen roughing up the ball with his boots. All these methods are part and parcel of the game to obtain reverse swing with the old ball," Gul had said.

Gul, reportedly, later tried to play down his remarks.

"I was explaining that the ball gets scratched when it is thrown against the rough surface or hits the advertisement boards along the boundary rope. In this manner, I said, every bowler can be accused of doing it," he told the media in Pakistan.

Cook felt that matter should end now.

"I think he has almost said himself that it has been a bit of a mountain out of a molehill," the England captain said.

Gul`s comments came barely a few days after Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar wrote in his autobiography that he had regularly tampered with the ball during his career.