The Asian Age

‘ Cook, Bell, Root should not be part of ODI team’

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Birm­ing­ham, Sept. 1: Eng­land great Ge­of­frey Boy­cott has told cur­rent skip­per Alas­tair Cook to ac­cept “con­struc­tive” crit­i­cism from for­mer play­ers.

Cook la­belled Graeme Swann a “so- called friend” after the re­tired for­mer Eng­land off- spin­ner said the side “did not have a cat in hell’s chance” of win­ning next year’s World Cup in Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

“Eng­land need a fresh ap­proach but they also need to be able to ac­cept con­struc­tive crit­i­cism from ex- play­ers like my­self,” said Boy­cott in his Daily Tele­graph col­umn pub­lished on Mon­day. “Just look how Cook re­sponded when his ‘ so- called friend’ Swann made con­struc­tive com­ments about Eng­land’s one- day team and Cook got his ‘ knick­ers in a twist’.

“What he should re­alise is Graeme is now paid to give his opin­ions in the me­dia,” Boy­cott ex­plained.

“He and other for­mer play­ers like my­self are not there to fawn over Eng­land or be cheer­lead­ers for the cap­tain and his play­ers. We all want Eng­land to play well and win but if we think they have not got it right are we sup­posed to say noth­ing?

“Well that is not go­ing to hap­pen. Peo­ple like Graeme Swann and Michael Vaughan can see the for­mat of the team could be bet­tered and so can I. “Take your heads from out of the sand and into the mod­ern era of one day cricket or else there will be more bad days ahead.”

As for Eng­land’s prob­lems play­ing spin Boy­cott said: “Eng­land play slow bowl­ing well on flat pitches when it does not spin. It is a dif­fer­ent ball game when the ball turns. Then they are crease-bound and ter­ri­fied to use their feet against the spin­ners,” he said.

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