Vaughan impressed by Cook captaincy

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Michael Vaughan liked what he saw of Alastair Cook's first foray into international captaincy and believes the 25-year-old's display in Bangladesh bodes well for the future of English cricket.

Cook, leading a tour for the first time in the absence of rested skipper Andrew Strauss, oversaw a 3-0 win in the one-day series and scored centuries in both Tests of another 2-0 whitewash.

Vaughan, England's 2005 Ashes-winning skipper, told BBC Radio Five Live: "I think he will be happy that he's had the experience of knowing exactly what the captaincy is all about - being in the dressing room, going to bed at night knowing that you're the captain, thinking about your decisions... Will you bat? Will you bowl? Field placings...

"I heard people the other day criticising his tactics, maybe not having a third man on that morning when Bangladesh got a few more runs, but the tactical side of the job is probably the last thing that I would look for because that is something you can develop.

"He can learn from the experience of being out there and making decisions. The actual aspect of batting and being the leader, being the front man, I saw that and I liked what I saw."

Cook compiled 157 runs at 52 in the ODI campaign and 342 runs at 114 across two Tests, including 109 not out yesterday.

Vaughan added: "It's a good sign for the England team that if Andrew Strauss decides to call it a day in a couple of years - and hopefully he'll carry on beyond that - we know that Alastair Cook has had a little bit of experience and I'm sure they'll try to give him a bit more experience over the next year or so as well so it's all very good for Alastair Cook."

Vaughan this morning also gave a glowing end-of-term report to off-spinner Graeme Swann, but admitted a touch of "frustration" at some of Stuart Broad's antics.

Pace bowler Broad has attracted some regrettable publicity with his occasionally petulant reactions when decisions go against him.

Swann, meanwhile, has exceeded all expectations since returning to international cricket after having to wait almost 10 years for his second chance.

Another 16 of the 40 wickets England took in two Tests to wrap up the series in Bangladesh ensured Swann took advantage of favourable conditions to move up to second place in the International Cricket Council bowler rankings.

"He spins the ball hard; he beats the outside edge too, and knows his game," Vaughan told Sky Sports News.

"He's a wily old fox and is a great character - and I think that is something this England team needs."

Vaughan sees huge potential in Broad too but does add a note of caution about some of the 23-year-old's behaviour on the pitch.

"The only thing with Stuart is he has to work on his attitude," he said.

"It becomes quite frustrating after a while watching him.

"Because he is very competitive, he just reacts in that way when things don't go his way.

"You have to take it, and get on with it."