Swann sees beer, junk food as answer to Cook's problems

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Former team-mate Graeme Swann has implored England captain Alastair Cook to break routine in a bid to rectify a dire stretch of form during the ongoing Test series against India.

Former team-mate Graeme Swann has implored England captain Alastair Cook to break routine in a bid to rectify a dire stretch of form during the ongoing Test series against India.

Cook's stretch without a century in the longest format of the international game is nearing 30 innings. He has been particularly poor against Australia, Sri Lanka and the Indians this year – and last week perished for just 10 and 22 during a heavy defeat at Lord's.

"Cook has done everything right. But nothing has worked for him. So personally I would like to see him do something unnatural, go against his game," insisted Swann. "Go have a couple of beers, eat some junk food, calm down and take some pressure off.

"And then smash the bowling when you bat. Just throw caution to the wind. But I know he won't do that. So I don't really know the solution to this problem. The senior players just aren't firing, Cook isn't in form."

Swann, too, questioned the performances of fast bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson, who have been retained for the third match, which will get underway at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Sunday. Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler, meanwhile, has been called up – and the veteran Matt Prior and spinner Simon Kerrigan sidelined.

James and Stuart should be very disappointed with the way they bowled on the first day in London because it was a wicket more suited to them. And that is the problem for England," added Swann. "We haven't even got that one bowler to cover for the whole of bowling attack either."

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