England coach Trevor Bayliss says intense speculation about Alastair Cook's future as captain has been a "pain in the backside".
Cook set tongues wagging ahead of the series with India when he said he was looking forward to being able to focus on his batting without the burden of captaincy.
And a Series defeat in India, with a Test to play, prompted more talk that Cook could step aside - talk that the skipper helped fuel when he cited Joe Root as a potential replacement immediately after losing in Mumbai.
However, Bayliss believes that Cook's experience in the role means he remains the perfect candidate.
"I think everyone, to a man, in the dressing room would be disappointed if he wasn't captain," Bayliss said.
"But when it's constantly in the media all the time, it's a bit of a pain in the backside.
"Especially when no one around the team believes that or thinks that. It's a little bit aggravating.
"I suppose anyone who's done the job for that long, there's always going to be questions towards the twilight of his career. But the job he's done with the group, I think, has been fantastic.
"It takes the focus away from all the good things we've done on this tour.
"I think we've played some good cricket here. We've got to give credit where credit's due: we've played good cricket and they've played even better cricket."