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Michael Vaughan believes Alastair Cook is
"clearly bitter," and must set aside his own
World Cup disappointment for the good of his
England team at the start of their Ashes year.
Cook claimed on Wednesday that England s
decision to replace him as captain with Eoin
Morgan, at the 11th hour before the global tour-
nament in Australia and New Zealand, was proved
"probably wrong" by subsequent events.
England made an embarrassing early exit at
the hands of Bangladesh, before the knockout
stages were under way. Former captain Vaughan
interprets Cook s remarks as a sign that he is
still struggling to come to terms with what hap-
pened after losing his 50-over role because of
his continued poor batting form.
Cook will nonetheless lead England in three
Tests against the West Indies, on a tour starting
early next month, before returning home to face
first New Zealand and then Australia this sum-
"I think that s a bad mentality to have, when
you think he s going to be back leading the team
in a couple of weeks time."
Cook led England to a Champions Trophy
final on home soil two years ago, and the top
of the world rankings, but their recent one---day
international record under him deteriorated.
Vaughan said: "Alastair Cook s last six captaincy
jobs in (ODI) series for England, he lost every
"The only series they ve won was away in the
West Indies, when he wasn t the captain."
Cook could only watch from afar as England
beat only Scotland and Afghanistan in their
World Cup campaign under Morgan, but he
sensed they were "shell---shocked" and in need
of "real leadership."
Vaughan argues Cook must move on, and start
scoring prolifically again---as he has for the vast
majority of his record---breaking career.
"I don t think it s great that the captain comes
out and criticises the leadership of the captain
that takes over---but he s clearly bitter.
"He s got to clear that out of his head, because
it s so important that by the time he gets to the
West Indies England need him scoring runs.
"He has to score runs in the Caribbean; he
has to get runs against New Zealand---so by the
time the Ashes arrive in July, no one is talking
about Alastair Cook s position in the Test team.
"He hasn t scored a hundred in any format
of the game for two years. That has to change
in the West Indies."
WELLINGTON---Martin Guptill had just produced
the highest individual score in a Cricket World Cup
match, and naturally everyone wanted to know
how he had done it.
But faced with a barrage of questions after the
match, the famously laconic Guptill had no expla-
"I m still not really sure what happened today to
be honest," Guptill said. "It still hasn t sunk in yet.
Guptill hit 237 not out for New Zealand on Saturday
which was the foundation of its 143-run win over
the West Indies the quarterfinals. Aside from setting
a tournament record, it was also the second-highest
individual score in all one-day internationals, the
highest by a New Zealander in ODIs---beating his
own record---and only the fifth score in excess of
200 in the history of 50-overs internationals.
At the post-match press conference, reporters
wanted to know the secret behind the performance,
asking how the day had gone, starting with breakfast,
and whether there was anything different about his
237 not out
Guptill at loss to explain record-breaking innings
of 'bitter' Cook
match-day routine this time.
"I had a bit of a sleep-in this morning," Guptill
"Then I had a bit of breakfast and went down to
the ground early and had a bit of a go on the bowling
machine with the coach.
"Then I went out and did what I did."
Guptill looked weary and still a little bewildered
after standing in the middle of the Wellington Regional
Stadium while 30,000 fans chanted his name, and
left it up to others to find his innings place in his-
"It was pretty cool (to hear the chants of the crowd).
I ve never had anything like that before and to hear
it here in New Zealand is even better and in a quar-
terfinal is pretty special as well."
After Guptill had carried his bat through 50 overs
to guide New Zealand to 393-6, batting first, Trent
Boult bowled ten consecutive overs and took 4-44
to help bowl out the West Indies for 250 in 30.3 overs
and set up a semifinal against South Africa in Auck-
land. In doing so he reclaimed his place as the leading
wicket-taker at this World Cup with 19.
Boult said with only two days to prepare for the
semifinal at Eden Park, New Zealand had to quickly
set aside Saturday s win and look forward.
"We ll travel tomorrow, get up there and prepare
for it just like we have for any other game in this
tournament," he said. "We ve got a lot of scouting
to do of a quality South African side.
"We ll get a training day in and then we ll get into
it. It s going to be all go but I know the guys are very
excited to get into it.
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