Lee disagrees with Warne about Cook

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Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee has vehemently contrasted countryman Shane Warne's public criticism of England captain Alastair Cook.

Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee has vehemently contrasted countryman Shane Warne's public criticism of England captain Alastair Cook.

Cook, labeled "wrong" and "boring" by Warne, has suffered lean stretch of form at the top of the order – and Test series defeats to the Australians and Sri Lankans this year.

"I actually think he's a natural leader and I think it brings out the best of him with his batting. You've got to look back to some other captains who have struggled with their batting," Lee told <i>Sky Sports News</i>.

"It's not that often where you see a batsman score runs and be a great captain at the same time; we've seen it with Mark Taylor, we've seen it with Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Mike Atherton whoever it might be.

"It's hard to score runs and be known as a great captain at the same time. I'm sure when he gets back out there and really focuses on scoring runs, the rest will take care of itself."

Lee, representing the Marylebone Cricket Club, dismissed Indian batsman Virender Sehwag and former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood in Saturday's limited-overs showpiece against the Rest of the World XI. The fixture was organised to commemorate the bicentenary of Lord's.

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