Warne: Cook captaincy was terrible

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Former Australian spin bowler Shane Warne's assessment of England captain Alastair Cook reached decidedly critical proportions on Friday.

Former Australian spin bowler Shane Warne's assessment of England captain Alastair Cook reached decidedly critical proportions on Friday.

Warne, who labeled Cook's leadership "boring" and "wrong" during a five-nil Test series defeat to the Australians earlier this year, continued the public denigration in the wake of England's one-zero loss to Sri Lanka earlier this week.

The English were heavily tipped to trump opposition substantially lower in the International Cricket Council rankings, but were outdone by Player of the Series Angelo Mathews and company. The chances of Cook's men beating India have subsequently taken a negative hit on in online betting stakes – and are now at <a href='http://www.paddypower.com/bet/cricket' target='_blank' class='instorylink'><b>3/1 to win the series</b></a>.

"Everyone sticks their head in the sand and just allows things to keep going as is and hope he finds form with the bat and by a miracle discovers some tactical brains from somewhere. Two: he steps down from the captaincy to concentrate on his batting. Three: the most radical of all, he has a complete break away from the game," Warne wrote in the <i>Daily Telegraph</i>.

"His captaincy at Lord's was terrible, then on Monday at Headingley I witnessed the worst day of captaincy I have ever seen at international level in almost 25 years in the game. It was horrific, and I am not the only one singing that tune.

"This column is not a personal attack and never has been Alastair. Mate, you need to improve tactically or England need someone else in the job. And I am not the only one saying it. Please speak to Michael Vaughan, Nasser Hussain and other successful captains who were tough, ruthless and got it."

The 29-year-old Cook, meanwhile, has refused to resign – after this week's decisive fixture marked a 24th consecutive Test innings without a century. The left-hander scored just 17 and 16 at Headingley. <a href='http://www.paddypower.com/bet/cricket/cricket-test-matches/England-V-India-7186557.html' target='_blank' class='instorylink'><b>Good odds on Paddy Power</b></a>, though, suggest imminent improvement.

"I've never quit on anything I've done. I've given it my all, all the time. Every 104 games I've played for England, I've left everything out there. It's the same situation here. Until that moment somebody tells me they don't want me to be captain, I'll still be here," insisted Cook.

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