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Tue, 20 Aug 2013 21:30:00 GMT | By Star Sports

Cook unfazed by criticism on his captaincy

Alastair Cook said he had no problems in getting criticised for his captaincy as long as his side was winning.

Cook unfazed by criticism on his captaincy

England have already sealed the Ashes with a 3-0 lead ahead of the fifth Test at The Oval that starts on Wednesday.

"I'd much rather be in my position getting criticised for my captaincy and being 3-0, make no mistake about that," Cook told AFP.

Cook was criticised by Australian legend Shane Warne for his over cautious approach during the fourth Test in Durham that England won by 74 runs.

"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," 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 was at a loss for words when asked about his style of captaincy.

"It's very hard talking about yourself, I find, about the role you do," Cook said.

"It's for other people to judge whether you're a good leader or not. I can only say the guys have been excellent for me, and long may that continue."

Cook was all praises for Ian Bell, who has scored 500 runs that include three tons at an average of 71.42.

"He's got to be very close to the man-of-the-series (award) because those runs he's scored have been fantastic when we've needed them the most," Cook said of Bell.

"They've been vital runs all the time, all three of his hundreds. He couldn't have done any more.

"Everyone has said this has been the making of Ian Bell and I looked at that and almost laughed because he'd almost scored 6000 test runs and 17 hundreds (before the Ashes) which is an extraordinary achievement in itself.

"He's always been a star in our eyes."

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