The Ashes: Shane Warne slams Alastair Cook's tactics, Glenn McGrath hails England

Leg-spin legend Warne, the first bowler to take 700 Test wickets and regarded as a shrewd tactical thinker during his playing days, said Cook had been far too defensive early in Australia's second innings.

updated: August 14, 2013 19:11 IST
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London: Australia great Shane Warne maintained on Wednesday that England had won the Ashes in spite, rather than because, of Alastair Cook's overly defensive captaincy.

England, who had already retained the Ashes, won the fourth Test at Chester-le-Street by 74 runs on Monday with more than a day to spare to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in their five-match series against arch-rivals Australia.

The tourists, needing 299 to win, were well-placed at 120 for one at tea.

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