Continuing his verbal duel with the England captain, Graeme Swann has suggested that Alastair Cook should miss the "turmoil" of inevitable one-day failures ahead to keep himself fresh for the challenge of regaining the Ashes.
Angry and sad at the way England have been outplayed in the ongoing ODI series against India, former captain Ian Botham and retired spinner Graeme Swann said the performance of the side led by Alastair Cook is nothing short of an "embarrassment".
Smarting from Graeme Swann's comment that England does not have a chance of winning the 2015 World Cup, captain Alastair Cook has said the remarks from a "so-called" friend are not helpful at this stage.
Dejected after a 133-run loss (D/L method) against India in the second one-dayer here Wednesday, England skipper Alastair Cook said that his team has a lot of improvement to do if it wants to overturn the 1-0 deficit in the five-match series.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan and ex-spinner Graeme Swann said that Alastair Cook must be sacked as the ODI captain for England to win the 2015 World Cup. Both Vaughan and Swann feel that the selectors are picking the ODI side on the basis of performance in Tests and that should stop immediately.
Ashes might be almost a year away, but verbal volleys have begun with Australian coach Darren Lehmann challenging England to produce the same green, seaming pitches they used to beat India when his team visits the `Old Blighty` next year.
A proud Muslim of Pakistani descent featuring a luxuriant black beard has become a cult figure after performing heroics with the ball during England’s spirited fightback in the current series against India.
Severely critical of the Indian cricket team`s poor show against England in the third Test, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said the old habit of getting complacent after a big win seems to have affected the side during the lost match.
Former Pakistan spin bowling legend Saqlain Mushtaq today joined the chorus for the inclusion of off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the India`s playing XI against England for the third Test, starting at Southampton on Sunday.
Ishant Sharma might be the one earning gushing praise from all quarters for his match-winning seven for 74, but former England off-spinner Graeme Swann picked Ajinkya Rahane as the stand-out player in India`s historic win at Lord`s.
R Ashwin has it in him to be India`s top spinner on foreign tracks provided he becomes a little more flexible and curbs his aggressive instincts when the situation demands, feels former England off-spinner Graeme Swann.