Michael Vaughan says Joe Root must be considering future as England captain

Michael Vaughan has expressed concern over Joe Root's future as England captain after the 30-year-old admitted he made errors during his side's final day capitulation at Lord's.

Vaughan captained England's Test team from 2003 to 2008, famously regaining the Ashes in 2005.

In his column for the Telegraph, Vaughan wrote: "I worry about Joe Root.

"He must be thinking 'is it time?' If he had been captain for just 20 Tests then it would be easier to bounce back from this but when it happens in your 54th match it is much harder.

"He will be tired, he knows he made glaring errors and will be doubting himself. What really worries me is we have a captain who admitted he was making wrong decisions but the senior core did nothing to change his mind.

"As a captain I wanted people to come up to me and say ‘skipper you are doing it wrong. What are you doing?’ Where were they?"

Vaughan continued to say that the speed with which England collapsed with bat in hand after being frustrated in the field is of particular cause for alarm.

He said: "When you see a team get their tactics completely wrong and batsmen fragment under pressure it tells you there are huge problems."

Ultimately, Vaughan offered support for his fellow Yorkshireman, and argued that the powers that be within the ECB had let him down to the extent that there is no longer expectation that this England team can win the most competitive test series.

Vaughan remarked: "My advice to Joe is hang in there. I am not saying it is going to get any easier but they now have nothing to lose because there is not one England fan expecting the team to beat India from this position and then win in Australia.

"It is like a free hand. Go and surprise us.

"Joe has had to deal with so much rubbish as England Test captain. From the lack of value placed on Test cricket going into 2019 to injuries and the unavailability of Ben Stokes. The Test team was put on the backburner when they rotated the side after going 1-0 up in India.

"It sent the message that Test cricket was not the pinnacle. Once you sow that seed of doubt in the minds of the public and players it is hard to get it back."

Vaughan also took the time to make his suggestions with regard to selection for the third test.

Dom Sibley has come under increasing pressure for his slow scoring pace and limited shot selection, and the ex-England captain has suggested it is time for the opener to lose his place. Vaughan also remarked that a test recall for Dawid Malan could be in the offing.

He said: "England cannot keep going with the Rory Burns-Dom Sibley opening partnership after 10 ducks this year. It is the definition of insanity. It just does not work. In total, 37 per cent of their partnerships this year have not gone past the second over.

"You can’t carry on with that and England know it. I would give [Haseeb] Hameed his rightful spot to open and throw in Malan [at number three]."

The third Test at Headingley gets underway on August 25 with England looking to restore parity in the series.

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