London, Aug 28 ANI | 4 months ago

England skipper Alastair Cook has branded Graeme Swann as a 'so-called friend' after the retired spinner called for him to quit as captain for the World Cup.

Swann had said that his former teammate Cook shouldn't be bothering playing one-day cricket. But Cook said that he does not think it's that helpful, especially from a so-called friend.

Cook was speaking after England's 133-run defeat by India in the second ODI in Cardiff.

Swann said Cook's one-day strike rate, currently at 77.98 runs per 100 balls, does not set the tone that will make England competitive in next year's World Cup in New Zealand and Australia, The BBC reported.

Cook, who has had to resist calls to quit as England's Test captain, said that Swann is entitled to his opinion, but it's not ideal for him, especially when one gets through the summer he has had.

Cook also confirmed that he had not spoken to Swann about his views, but added that the phone is always open the other way. He said that he is a little bit disappointed because Swann is a good friend of his and has been a supporter.

The skipper also said that it is not helpful at this time, because he is going to be captain in this World Cup. He added that he has done it for three-and-a-half years and England is going to build up to that, and they have got a good chance.

(Posted on 28-08-2014)

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