Cook criticised again by Geoffrey Boycott


Alastair Cook will not "make it as a tactical captain", according to former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott.

England skipper Cook was criticised after his side surrendered a strong position on the opening day of the second Test against India at Lord's.

On a pitch helpful to the bowlers, India recovered from 145-7 to reach 290-9 at the close.

"He might make it scoring runs, but he won't make it as a tactical captain," said Boycott.

In the second Test of England's series defeat by Sri Lanka, Angelo Mathews and Rangana Herath put on 149 for the eighth wicket.

A failure to polish off the tail was also evident in the first Test of the series against India, when the tourists enjoyed a 10th-wicket stand of 111 in their first innings and recovered from 184-6 on the final day to reach the safety of 391-9 declared in the second innings of a drawn game at Trent Bridge.