London, June 27: Making it clear that it was a not a "personal attack", Australian spin great Shane Warne has called upon Alastair Cook to give up England Test captaincy after seeing "worst day" of leadership in nearly 25 years.
"This column is not a personal attack and never has been Alastair. Mate, you need to improve tactically or England need someone else in the job. And I am not the only one saying it," Warne wrote in a column for "The Telegraph" newspaper yesterday (June 26).
"Agree or disagree but it is our opinion and in the case of Cook, lots of people including me think it is time for him to step down as captain," Warne add.
The 44-year-old Warne slammed Cook's captaincy in the Headingley Test where England lost to Sri Lanka by 100 runs and with that the series.
"His captaincy (in the drawn first Sri Lanka Test) at Lord's was terrible, then on Monday (June 24) at Headingley, I witnessed the worst day of captaincy I have ever seen at international level in almost 25 years in the game. It was horrific, and I am not the only one singing that tune," Warne said.
Recently, Cook had accused Warne of making personal attacks against him. Cook has been struggling with his batting form in the recent past and as the leader of the Test team he has gone 8 matches in a row without a win.
England next face India in a five-Test series. The opening Test starts on July 9 at Trent Bridge.