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Alastair Cook unfazed by Warne comments

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Cook to let his captaincy record speak for itself (©GettyImages)
Cook to let his captaincy record speak for itself (©GettyImages).

England captain Alastair Cook conceded that Shane Warne's comments did cause him annoyance, but the 28-year-old is happy to let his record speak for itself, as he prepares for the second Ashes series of the year.

Since the classy batsmen took the job in August 2012, following on from Andrew Strauss, England have lost just a single test match out of 14. Accumulating series victories over New Zealand, India and Australia along the way.

Warne's comments claimed that the former Essex county man was unimaginative in comparison to his opposite number Michael Clarke, adding that he could cost England the Ashes down under with his on-field leadership.

Captain Cook told rediffcricket in response: "It is what happens when England play Australia. It hasn't changed since the summer and we don't expect it to change over the next couple of months.

"I've always said I'm trying to learn on the job from experience and there will be times where I could be slightly more imaginative."

England are currently in Australia in preparation for the first Ashes Test. A four day match against Australia A being the second of three warm up matches, before the Ashes gets underway in Brisbane.

With regards to the squad, the England captain did mention that two places were still up for grabs: "The third seamer spot is probably up for grabs and one of the batting spots,

"There is an opportunity for people to stake a claim."

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