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November 18, 2019
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Ex-England skipper Vaughan voices Cook captaincy fears

LONDON: Michael Vaughan has joined the list of former skippers questioning whether Alastair Cook should continue as England captain.

After nine Tests without a win and 26 innings since he made the last of his England record 25 Test hundreds, Cook’s position has come under intense scrutiny, with the opener out for just 10 in his side’s first innings during the ongoing second Test against India at Lord’s.

The likes of Geoffrey Boycott, Alec Stewart and, most recently, Mike Brearley, have suggested the burden of leading England may now becoming too heavy for 29-year-old Essex left-hander Cook to carry.

Vaughan said England were in danger of doing permanent damage to Cook’s ability as a batsman if he was allowed to remain as captain.

“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, England’s 2005 Ashes-winning captain, wrote in his Telegraph column.