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Ashes 2013-14: Alastair Cook wants teams to play in right spirit

George-Bailey of Australia and James Anderson of England shake hands © Getty Images
George-Bailey (third from left) and James Anderson shake hands after Australia won the first Test at Brisbane © Getty Images

 

London: Dec 4, 2013

 

England captain Alastair Cook has said that the teams have a duty to play the Ashes series in the right spirit.

 

According to the Guardian, the England captain had described Ashes cricket as pretty much a war in the immediate aftermath of the words and gestures exchanged between Jimmy Anderson and several Australia players, including their captain, Michael Clarke, being caught by a stump mic warning Anderson to get ready for a “f***ing broken arm”.

 

However, after more than a week to reflect on the incident, and on Jonathan Trott‘s abrupt departure from the Ashes tour, Cook said that some of those scenes were ugly at the end of that game, and teams do have a duty to play the game in the right way.

 

He confirmed that he had spoken to Martin Crowe, the former New Zealand batsman who has been appointed by the International Cricket Council to take overall control of discipline in the early stages of the series, and who is also thought to have had discussions with Clarke, the report said.

 

Cook said that the players know the responsibility they have when they pull on the shirt, and no matter how much emotion they pour into the game, people are watching and the players have to carry out their responsibility.

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