Collingwood hails Cook after Ashes success

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Former England international Paul Collingwood says Alastair Cook has proven to everyone that he deserves to be the Three Lions' Test captain for a long while after regaining the Ashes.

England beat Australia by an innings an 78 runs in the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge on Saturday to take an unassailable three-one lead in the five-match series.

In the last two years that Cook has been in charge of England many questions have been asked about his leadership style and about his own batting form.

He also had to deal with the fall-out from a five-nil Ashes series defeat in Australia and the subsequent axing of batsman Kevin Pietersen from the squad.

He was droppe as ODI skipper on the eve of the World Cup this year but has emerged stronger on the other side and Collingwood, who was a teammate of Cook in the national side, says he deserves all the accolades.

Collingwood told BBC radio: "He's proven to a lot of people he's the right man. Being England captain is a tough job, with a lot of critics and you've got to have a very thick skin to get through the bad times.

"This England team have been through some very bad times but responded. Australia are a very good side and they were in form but the way England have gone about their business has made a very good side look mediocre.

"A lot of that is down to Alastair Cook. The way he's led from the front and directed the guys has been brilliant. He's had a really tough 12-18 months, losing the captaincy of the one-dayers, but he's really got his teeth into the test captaincy."

The fifth and final Ashes Test starts on 20 August at the Oval.

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