Cook slams Swann after England loss

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Alastair Cook numbers Graeme Swann as only a “so-called friend” after his former team-mate’s assertion that England would be better off without his captaincy at the World Cup.

Cook’s team put in a wretched performance with ball and then bat on the way to a 133-run Royal London Series defeat against India in Cardiff yesterday - after which he was at a loss to explain why they were “not at the races”.

There was little to cheer on the field as Suresh Raina hit a brilliant 74-ball hundred in India’s 304 for six and then England were bowled out for 161 in pursuit of a revised target of 295.

But if anything, Cook appeared even less pleased by ex-England off-spinner Swann’s remarks from the sidelines in his role as a pundit, that for his own sake and his team’s he should give one-day internationals a miss

“I don’t think it’s that helpful - especially from a so-called friend,” said Cook.

“He’s entitled to his opinion.

“(But) it’s not ideal for me, especially when you get through the summer I’ve had.”