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Trevor Bayliss plays down England captaincy debate

Trevor Bayliss is fully confident on Alastair Cook's ability to lead England Test team
Trevor Bayliss is fully confident on Alastair Cook's ability to lead England Test team

England head coach Trevor Bayliss does not want the focus to be shifted away from the ongoing series against India by bringing on the debate of Alastair Cook's captaincy.

Cook's leadership skills has been criticised by most of the pundits after England succumbed to an innings defeat in the fourth Test in Mumbai.

Some of his decisions including rotation of bowlers and selection of team combination came under the scanner as India completed their fifth consecutive series victory riding on a double century from Virat Kohli and a 12-wicket haul from Ravichandran Ashwin.

In the post-match conference, Cook admitted that even though Joe Root is ready for captaincy, he has not yet taken any decision on his resignation from the post and will have a word with England & Wales Cricket Board cricket director Andrew Strauss during the annual review.

However, Bayliss feels the captaincy debate is taking the credit away from England for whatever good things they achieved in it.

"It's a little bit aggravating," Bayliss said.

"It takes the focus away from all the good things we've done on this tour.

"I think we've played some good cricket here. We've got to give credit where credit's due - we've played good cricket, and India have played even better cricket."

Bayliss also expressed full confidence on Cook's ability to lead the team and hopes he continues with it for at least a year.

"I suppose anyone who's done the job for that long, there's always going to be questions towards the twilight of his career.

"But the job he's done with the group, I think, has been fantastic.

"I think everyone, to a man, in the room would be disappointed if he wasn't captain (for next year)."

England and Cook will be hoping to end the tour with pride by winning the fifth and final Test against India which begins in Chennai on 16th December.

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