Record-breaking India score may impact Cook's future, says Bayliss


Trevor Bayliss hinted the hammering England took at the hands of India and Karun Nair on day four of the fifth Test may have a bearing on whether Alastair Cook decides to remain as captain.

England's chastening tour of India reached a new low as Nair hit a triple century in only his third Test to power India to their highest score in the longest format - the hosts eventually declaring on a mammoth 759-7.

The tourists reached the close 270 runs behind going into the final day and, though they still have all 10 wickets remaining, face the possibility of slumping to a 4-0 series defeat in Chennai.

Asked if the day could impact Cook's decision, Bayliss - who will not attend the final day as he is to fly to his native Australia for a hernia operation - said: "Possibly. That's a decision only he will know the answer to."

Cook is due to speak with director of England cricket Andrew Strauss in an end-of-year debrief after drawn series' with Pakistan and Bangladesh as well as the humbling by India.

"He's done it for so long, whether I say yes or no, it won't change his mind whether he keeps going or stops," Bayliss added.

"If he keeps going, fantastic; if he stops, that's up to him, and I've got no problems with that either.

"I won't actually sit down to have a chat with him. We've got six or seven months till our next Test match, so there's plenty of time for him to have a think about it.

"I'm not going to put words into Cookie's mouth or try and get him to make a decision one way or the other.

"He's been around long enough, and knows his own mind, to make the right decision. I think he deserves everyone letting him do that."

Assessing England's performance, Bayliss said: "We got totally outplayed, for sure... we just weren't in the game.

"But the one thing, throughout the five Tests here in India and two in Bangladesh, is that I can say the guys haven't stopped trying.

"On this tour, we've been outclassed - you put your hands up and say 'well played, India'.

"They've batted better than us and bowled better than us."