Alastair Cook can re-invent his ODI form: Graeme Swann

Alastair Cook is tipped to be an ideal replacement for Andrew Strauss as the Test captain Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Hyderabad: Oct 12, 2011

England spinner Graeme Swann said Alastair Cook is good enough to re-invent himself as One-Day International batsman.

Swann praised the batting and leadership capabilities of England s ODI skipper, claiming that Cook can prove to be an ideal replacement for Andrew Strauss as the Test captain.

Swann opines that Cook, like Strauss, has rejuvenated his batting form which will help him in holding the reins of the team.

“Alastair Cook is a close mate and phoned me to ask whether I thought he should take on the England one-day captaincy. I told him, yes, of course he should. I thought he was more than good enough to re-invent himself as a one-day batsman – just like Andrew Strauss did – and it would make him a shoo-in for the Test captaincy,” stated the spinner.

Swann revealed Cook was confused ahead of his maiden series as captain against Sri Lanka, but he took the courage and led the side to a tremendous victory, finishing up as ‘Player of the Series .

“He was understandably nervous for his maiden series as official captain against Sri Lanka last summer but his leadership was outstanding – apart from team talks.”