Vaughan salutes captain Cook

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Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook will benefit from the experience of going to bed thinking about the captaincy, according to Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan liked what he saw of Alastair Cook's first foray into international captaincy and believes his leadership in Bangladesh bodes well for the future of English cricket.

Cook, 25 and leading a tour for the first time in the absence of rested skipper Andrew Strauss, oversaw a 3-0 win in the one-day series and scored centuries in both Tests to help secure a 2-0 whitewash.

Cook came in for some criticism for not enforcing the follow-on in Chittagong, and for some of field settings in Mirpur.

But Vaughan, the most successful captain England have had, said: “I think he will be happy that he's had the experience of knowing exactly what the captaincy is all about: being in the dressing room, going to bed at night thinking about your decisions… Will you bat, will you bowl, field placings.

"I heard people the other day criticising his tactics – maybe not having a third man on that morning when Bangladesh got a few more runs – but the tactical side of the job is probably the last thing that I would look for because that is something you can develop.

"He can learn from the experience of being out there and making decisions. The actual aspect of batting and being the leader, being the front man, I saw that and I liked what I saw."

Vaughan also urged against setting unfeasibly high standards for a player who had captained a side only once in a first-class contest before this tour.

"Since I haven't been captain, it bothers me just how much exposure the captain has to deal with," said Vaughan, who won a record 26 of his 51 Tests in charge.

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"Alastair Cook has had five games in the job - give him a chance.

"He made some mistakes but he made some very good decisions too; playing five bowlers in the last Test was a great decision.

"I think back to the mistakes I made when I was first made captain. I didn't really know the tactical side at all.

"I would be very worried if a kid of his age was not making any mistakes at all."

Cook compiled 157 runs at an average of 52 in the ODI campaign and 342 runs at 114 across two Tests, including 109 not out to seal a nine-wicket win yesterday.

Vaughan added: "It's a good sign for the England team that if Andrew Strauss decides to call it a day in a couple of years - and hopefully he'll carry on beyond that - we know that Alastair Cook has had a little bit of experience.

“I'm sure they'll try to give him a bit more experience over the next year or so as well, so it's all very good for Alastair Cook."

Graeme Swann was another player who returned from Bangladesh with his reputation enhanced after taking 16 wickets in two Tests and climbing to second in the International Cricket Council bowling rankings.

He too won a glowing end-of-term report from Vaughan, who said: “He spins the ball hard, he beats the outside edge too, and knows his game.

“He's a wily old fox and is a great character - and I think that is something this England team needs.”


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