Swann won't apologise to Cook for his opinion

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Former England spinner, and now pundit, Graeme Swann has refused to apologise for his opinions on the England ODI team, after skipper Alastair Cook took offense at his former team-mate's comments.

Former England spinner, and now pundit, Graeme Swann has refused to apologise for his opinions on the England ODI team, after skipper Alastair Cook took offense at his former team-mate's comments.

Swann had said earlier in the week that Cook should step away from the ODI side and let a younger batsman open, and let someone else captain the side. He also said England had a 'cat's chance in hell' of winning the World Cup.

Cook was clearly annoyed by the comments, saying in the wake of his side's defeat to India on Wednesday: "I don't think it's that helpful – especially from a so-called friend."

Swann responded on Friday in <i>The Sun</i>: "Real mates are honest with each other. I'm no longer in the England dressing room and it is my job now as a pundit to give my honest thoughts.

"I think being one-day captain is a poisoned chalice for him. He just doesn't need the job. The cricket England are playing in 50-over cricket is outdated and I fear it will be a painful winter for the team.

"I don't want him to be part of it. This is not a witch-hunt against 'Cookie' and I'm still a huge supporter of his captaincy in Test cricket. But, in one-day matches, I want England to play the exciting cricket they promised six months ago when Peter Moores took over as head coach.

"We're happy to tootle along in a two-litre diesel in a Formula One race. England must change their strategy to have any chance of winning the World Cup.

"I'm 100 per cent behind him as Test captain. But, in one-day cricket, you should pick your 11 best players and choose your captain from there and I don't think he is one of the best 11 players."

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