The Ashes: Alastair Cook says England are unbothered by Shane Warne's criticism

Last Updated: 09/08/13 8:12am

  • Share:
Alastair Cook: Happy with how his side have behaved

Alastair Cook: Happy with how his side have behaved

Sky Bet

England captain Alastair Cook says his team will be ignoring criticism from Shane Warne about their behaviour in the Ashes series.

Legandary Aussie spinner Warne wrote in the Daily Telegraph that he wondered if England had been told to behave in an "arrogant and dismissive" manner.

Warne singled out interviews conducted by Matt Prior and Graeme Swann for criticism but Cook says he feels the comments were unjustified.

Asked ahead of Friday's fourth Test if the remarks were a case of Warne 'shouting his mouth off', Cook said: "To be honest, it is a bit of that.

"As a side, I've got no qualms with the way we've gone about our business in this series.

"The way we've conducted ourselves, we've been very good. For us, as an England side, it's just a story in the media, and we will just totally ignore it.

"I don't really mind what he says.

"It is all about how we play our cricket. People are entitled to their opinions about the way we go about our business as a side, and we try to be as respectful as we can to the opposition.

"We try and do things in a proper way. Clearly, we don't always get it right, but I think (head coach) Andy Flower has been very strong on that in his coaching circle."

However, Cook did criticise spinner Monty Panesar, who was a non-playing member of the England squad for the last Test and was fined by police for urinating on nightclub bouncers after drinking to excess in Brighton on Monday night.

"I think it is a very disappointing incident to happen," said Cook. "Certainly, for a member of the England squad, as he was.

"We know the responsibilities we have as cricketers. Any behaviour like that is unacceptable."

  • Share:

Post Comment

*All fields required, your email address will be kept private


Ashes 2013 - fourth Test

Tim Bresnan: Returned in last week's Test defeat in Perth

Bresnan's Melbourne mission

England bowler Tim Bresnan hopes to make another big impact at Melbourne in the fourth Ashes Test.

Heat off cool Cook

Captain Alastair Cook has proven his mettle by leading England to the Ashes, says Andrew Strauss.

Heat off cool Cook

Alastair Cook has proven his mettle as captain by leading England to the Ashes, says Andrew Strauss.

Related Profiles

Most Popular


NFC predictions

NFC predictions

Richard Graves breaks down the weekend action from the NFL's National Football Conference.

Tyler's Xmas stats

Tyler's Xmas stats

Martin Tyler brings you the most interesting Christmas Day and Boxing Day facts from over the years.

My Special Day Revisited

My Special Day Revisited

This Christmas, Sky Sports News HQ will revisit some of the youngsters who met their sporting idols.