The Ashes: Andy Flower hails Alastair Cook's tactical nous

England coach Flower highlights Cook's role in bringing back Tim Bresnan on Monday's fourth afternoon, with the seamer taking the key wicket of well-set opener David Warner soon afterwards.

updated: August 13, 2013 17:11 IST
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Chester-le-Street: Andy Flower said on Tuesday that England captain Alastair Cook deserved credit for his tactics after leading the side to an Ashes series win over Australia, despite criticism of his field placings and declarations. (Also read: 'Greedy' Cook hungry for more Ashes glory)

Cook has enjoyed some notable triumphs as England captain since taking over from his now retired former opening partner Andrew Strauss, including a series win in India last year and now steering the side to an unbeatable 3-0 lead over Australia with a Test to spare.

The 28-year-old Cook has, however, been criticised by former players, notably Australia greats Ian Chappell and Shane Warne, for being an excessively cautious captain when it comes to declarations and for a lack of imagination in his field placings. (Broad smiles grace Britain's front-pages)

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