Alastair Cook accuses England's Test team of being 'deluded'

Sir Alastair Cook admits he’s a ‘bit bored’ of Joe Root talking about positives after series defeat by the West Indies… as he criticises England’s hierarchy for becoming ‘DELUDED’ and losing their sense of reality

  • England lost in the West Indies last month as they continue to struggle in Tests
  • Joe Root and Paul Collingwood have tried to stay positive in recent weeks
  • However, Alastair Cook believes the team’s hierarchy are deluding themselves
  • He also feels Stuart Broad and James Anderson deserve fitting send-offs 

Sir Alastair Cook has suggested the England hierarchy are ‘deluded’ after captain Joe Root and interim head coach Paul Collingwood tried to put a positive spin on last month’s series defeat by the West Indies.

Root insisted there were ‘many good things’ for England to take away despite a series of batting collapses and Collingwood said he was ‘amazed’ the skipper’s position was under scrutiny.

But former England captain Cook said: ‘I am a bit bored with all the positive chat because I don’t think it was a sense of reality in that changing room.

Alastair Cook does not think there are many positives for Joe Root (above) to take right now

Paul Collingwood has backed Root despite England’s dismal form over the last 12 months

‘I don’t know what’s being said behind closed doors but I’m struggling to see as many positives as they are. And is that slightly deluded? The word’s been put out there.’

Meanwhile, Cook believes Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad deserve fitting Test send-offs — although he insists neither is thinking of retirement after England’s all-time leading wicket-takers were overlooked for the tour of the Caribbean.

‘They’re right up there with the best bowlers ever to play the game,’ Cook said. ‘Hopefully they do get that chance, but tell that to Jimmy and he’ll say, “I’m not thinking about retiring, I’m still playing until I’m 75”.

‘He’s thinking, “I want to get back in that Test side and prove they shouldn’t have left me out”.

‘But if you’re talking about deserving a send-off, of course they deserve it. It makes it an interesting summer, doesn’t it?’ 

Cook thinks Stuart Broad and James Anderson deserve fitting send-offs from the Test team

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