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Former England captain Michael Vaughan has revealed that he is starting to have doubts over whether Alastair Cook should continue leading the national team.
Vaughan’s comments come after Cook has only managed to score 37 runs in the first two Tests against India at a dismal average of 12.33.
“We have reached the stage with Cook when he cannot be enjoying cricket. You don’t when you are not playing well and the team is struggling,” Vaughan wrote in his column for The Telegraph. “It is easy for the England and Wales Cricket Board hierarchy to say it is going to stick by him but it has to ask what is best for the team and for Cook. The ECB has a responsibility to Cook the person to do the right thing and if that means taking the captaincy away then so be it.”
Vaughan recalled how he struggled to open the batting and be captain at the same time.
“I went through terrible moments opening the batting and captaining the side,” Vaughan wrote. “I could not buy a run in my first series against South Africa and really struggled in Sri Lanka. It was killing me going to my room at night hating this job.”
Vaughan decided to come in lower down the order after speaking to then head coach Duncan Fletcher.
“He looked me in the eyes over coffee and said what about dropping down the order to give yourself space and time to gather your thoughts and make the transition from captaincy to batting,” Vaughan wrote. “That one chat with Duncan saved me as a captain. If I had been stubborn and carried on as before I would not have lasted in the job because my form would not have been good enough to stay in the side.”
Vaughan added that Cook needs to regain his form and get back to his best as soon as possible.
“English cricket has to get him back to batting consistently at the top of the order,” he wrote. “He needs a bit of honest feedback. The ECB and Alastair cannot be stubborn and just carry on because they fear giving in to his critics. Plenty of great players have had to relinquish the captaincy to carry on being a player.”