England captain Alastair Cook said he is happy to face continued criticism over his leadership style so long as his side keep winning.
Under Cook’s leadership, England head into this week’s final Ashes Test at The Oval having already retained the urn and taken the series at 3-0 up, with the chance to do what none of their predecessors have done before — win four Tests against Australia during an English season.
Yet that hasn’t stopped the barbs coming Cook’s way, with the likes of Australia great Shane Warne deriding the opener’s “way too cautious” captaincy during the fourth Test in Durham, which England won by 74 runs after fast-medium bowler Stuart Broad sparked an Australian batting collapse.
“I’d much rather be in my position getting criticised for my captaincy and being 3-0, make no mistake about that,” Cook said.
“He [Warne] might genuinely believe that. The beauty of cricket is, as we always know, there is a lot of different ways to skin the cat.”
Warne, now working as a media pundit, is a friend of Australia captain Michael Clarke and Cook said: “Clearly he [Warne] plays a very significant part in Australian cricket, in their dressing room, make no mistake about that.
“We know he’s working for them so of course when you’ve the media like he has, of course he’s got a place to talk to about it.
“It hasn’t been the first time I’ve been criticised as a player or a captain and it certainly won’t be the last,” Cook, the only England batsman to have scored 25 Test hundreds, added.