Cook: We have a responsibility to cricket

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Ahead of the Ashes series against Australia, England captain Alastair Cook is the latest player to talk about how both teams should play the five-match series in the right spirit after concerns that sledging between the sides could go over the top.

The issue has been a hot topic in recent weeks with England bowler James Anderson, who is renowned to have a word or two with the opposition, also saying both sides should change their on-field behaviour.

Former Australia spinner, and chief tormentor of England past Ashes series, Shane Warne has poured cold water on the Aussies going soft on the Three Lions.

Warne even suggested that Anderson and fellow paceman Stuart Broad will 'cop it' the most from the Aussie team.

Coming off the back of their series against New Zealand, which was played in great spirit with good sportsmanship, Cook has said his team, and Australia, have a responsibility to the game and to the public.

Cook said in a Radio Times interview: "We've got a great opportunity to make a real statement about how we should play cricket. I think the spirit (between England and New Zealand) has been fantastic, and we definitely can learn from that.

"It was fantastic. It was the most enjoyable series I've played in. It might be different (against Australia), or we could have a responsibility to the game.

"It's always exciting when Australia come, but I just think both sides have got this responsibility now for the way cricket's gone."

The first Ashes Test takes place on 8 July in Cardiff.

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