Alastair Cook hits back at AB de Villiers over his England jibes

• Cook backs Jimmy Anderson after De Villiers questions pace
• South Africa captain also highlights England’s ‘weaknesses’

Alastair Cook has said it takes “a brave man” to call out Jimmy Anderson before a Test match after the South Africa captain, AB de Villiers, appeared to suggest England’s record wicket-taker has lost his pace.

De Villiers, whose side sit 2-0 down going into Friday’s dead rubber finale, claimed England’s batting was not “best in the world material” and “some of the guys” with experience remained skilful but no longer bowling at their quickest.

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