Vaughan believes Cook cannot adapt

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Former batsman Michael Vaughan would like England captain Alastair Cook to take example from previous skippers by resigning before being fired.

Former batsman Michael Vaughan would like England captain Alastair Cook to take example from previous skippers by resigning before being fired.

Cook has been the subject of plenty of criticism recently, after succumbing to several ODI series losses, including this week's three-nil defeat to India. He, too, has not contributed substantially with the bat and fell for just nine in the fourth ODI on Tuesday.

"Mike Atherton, Nasser Hussain, Andrew Strauss and myself thought we could do the job – but we were Test match cricketers and could not adapt," Vaughan wrote in a column for the <i>Daily Telegraph</i>.

"Cook is cut from similar cloth and, at the moment, he is dropping players from the team who are better one-day cricketers than him.

"The captain is going up to players telling them they are not in the team – and they must be looking back wondering 'how are you still in it?"'

The English have been pooled with Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Scotland at the 2015 World Cup in Australasia. Their first fixture will be against the Aussies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 14 February.

"With six months to go, other teams are looking at this side and hoping that Cook remains as captain, and opens the batting at next year's World Cup – because they know if that happens England will not be a threat," added Vaughan.

"I am speaking out now because, with 13 games to go to the World Cup, there is time to make a difference."

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