England skipper Alastair Cook declared war against legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne and said his captaincy should not be questioned repeatedly by anyone including the former bowler.
In an interview to BBC Radio, the 29-year-old batsman said that he was pained by criticism from former players and hinted at Warne as a particular 'culprit'. "Well something needs to be done because in three years I've been England captain I have just, in my eyes, been criticised for a hell of a lot of that," he said. "Yes, when we lose games of cricket as a captain you get criticised. But I've also won a lot of cricket games for England, won more one-day games than anyone as England captain, won an Ashes, won in India away and that's what I'm proud of as well."
Warne has been critical of Cook's leadership abilities since England's 5-0 Ashes humiliation Down Under last year. The spin wizard had even called for Cook to be replaced.
England though, said Cook, needs more support than criticism. "Support and positivity is what this England team needs," he said, admitting that he takes criticisms personally.