Warne rips Cook ahead of Ashes

AFP-JIJI

Shane Warne has blasted Alastair Cook’s captaincy as boring and negative, warning that Australia will regain the Ashes if the England skipper does not show more imagination.

The Australian test great also said England would be better served by having Michael Carberry opening its innings rather than Joe Root.

In an interview with the British press and widely reported in Australia on Monday, Warne had harsh words about Cook’s captaincy as England bids for its fourth straight Ashes series triumph in the series starting this month.

“Cook can be negative, boring, not very imaginative — and still win and be pretty happy,” Warne said.

“But I think he needs to be more imaginative. If Australia play well and he continues to captain the way he does, I think England are going to lose the series.”