Indian series will define Alastair's captaincy statement by Vaughan


Alastair Cook's England captaincy will be defined by the result of this summer's Test series against India, according to Michael Vaughan.

England, who have failed to win their past eight Tests, start the five-match series at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

Former captain Vaughan believes Cook, 29, should remain in his role.

Cook is England's fifth-highest Test run-scorer, with 8,125 runs, and has made 25 centuries in 104 matches since his debut in India in 2006.

But his form is under scrutiny after 24 Test innings without a century, while Australia legend Shane Warne is among those to have criticised his captaincy.

Vaughan said: "I don't feel it's the right time to change the England captain. Alastair Cook's the man. He's certainly the one who can change the way England are playing."

Cook replaced Andrew Strauss as Test captain after England's 2-0 defeat by South Africa in 2012, and led them to their first series victory in India for 27 years.

There were also home series wins over New Zealand and Australia in 2013 before the 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia in the winter, and a first home series loss to Sri Lanka last month.

Warne described Cook's performance on the penultimate day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley as "the worst day of captaincy" he had seen at international level in almost 25 years.

Courtesy :BBC Sport

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