Shane Warne yet again rised up his criticism over Alastair Cook as he described his captaincy in the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka as “horrific”.

Earlier Warne use to criticize Cook over captaincy and just before the series began Cook fired up over him justifying Shane Warne’s comments as his personal opinions. And now Shane Warne backfired at him after a poor series loss as he mentioning Cook should step down as England skipper.

England lost the Two Test series with 1-0 after 1st test ended in draw and losing second Test by 100 runs after Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews scored 160 to build a commanding lead of 350.

The Former Australian spinner said, “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.

Cook is a really, really nice boy. He’s honest and he’s straight but his form is suffering. He needs to start scoring runs because it’s a results-orientated business.

He has to have some imagination with his captaincy – one plan can’t fit into every situation.

Cook who opens for England made only 16 in second innings as England dumped down to 57-5 on day four of the second Test against Sri Lanka at

Headingley, even though they came down to playing two balls to secure a draw on Tuesday, thanks to Moeen Ali‘s unbeaten century.

Former batsman Geoffrey Boycott quoted Cook’s form as a “recipe for resignation”.

Warne, the second highest Test wicket-taker of all time with 708 victims in his bag, blamed Cook in his column for the Daily Telegraph.

He wrote, “There are three ways to go with Alastair ‘Cooked’ Cook. Everyone sticks their head in the sand and just allows things to keep going as it 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.

Lots of people, including me, think it is time for him to step down as captain.

He included: “He is not thinking straight. He is not there. He is confused. He does not know what to do and, because he is in a rut with his form, it makes life a lot worse. You just cannot captain a team in transition in that frame of mind.

Warne also mentioned that his comments were not “Personal Attack” on the left-hander from Essex, or an attempt to undermine his authority.

He said, “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.”


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