The captain of the England cricket team, Alastair Cook, has said that he is not going to take Shane Warne’s statements about his captaincy seriously.

Warne has recently criticized Cook’s way of captaincy again and has said that if Cook continues leading the England side in a negative way, England will have to pay a heavy cost for that and they might end up being beaten by Australia in the upcoming Ashes.

When asked about Warne’s remarks, Cook said, “I think the same statement had been made during the previous series as well and we had eventually managed to win that series. So, I don’t think I need to be bothered about his remarks.”

“What he said has not surprised me at all. He is an Aussie and he wants to get under our skin. It’s something which happens whenever we come here in Australia.”

Cook had not featured for his team in the practice game against Western Australia. That was England’s first practice game on the tour and Cook couldn’t play in it because of his back trouble.

However, the Essex batsman is ready to lead the English side in their second practice game on the tour which is going to be against Australia A. That game will be played at Hobart.

When asked about his back, Cook said, “It’s getting better and better. I had a long flight and I did some hard training straight after that. For a guy who has had a few back issues in the past; that was probably not the greatest thing to do.”

“It would have been nice to go out there and play a few balls, but, you don’t want to risk yourself on such an important tour. We still have a couple of practice games before the first test. Hopefully, I get some runs under my belt in these two games.”