Alastair Cook seems to be winning over some of his staunchest critics. The beleaguered England captain overturned months of woeful form with the bat and led his side to its first win in as many as 10 Tests at Southampton. Former skipper Michael Vaughan, who was one of many voices calling for Cook to step down or take a break from cricket, has admitted he made an error in judgement. (Batman mask inspires Stuart Broad for Oval Test)
"No question, I was wrong. Two and a half weeks ago, I said a break would've done him good," Vaughan said on BBC Radio 5 live's the Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show. (Also read: The pride of wearing India cap has gone, laments Gavaskar)
Vaughan went on to praise the England and Wales Cricket Board for sticking by Cook. "The England and Wales Cricket Board stood by him, he was strong and said: 'I'm the man to carry this young team forward.'" (Sunil Gavaskar feels India gifted wickets to Moeen Ali)
After a shocking defeat at Lord's, Cook and Co. have scripted a fabulous turnaround to take an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the five-match series with wins at Southampton and Manchester. This resurgence began with Cook's first-innings knock of 95 at the Ageas Bowl. Vaughan felt this knock was the turning point for Cook and his men. (India's fighting ability questioned after Manchester loss)
"He got off to a great start by winning the toss, batted first and he went out there and played brilliantly to score 95. There was a bit of fortune when he was dropped by Ravindra Jadeja at third slip on 15 -- and I think that one catch is the real twist of the whole series," Vaughan said.
"If Jadeja had caught Cook on 15, I really felt at that time, it would've been a disaster for the side," Vaughan added. (England poor against short ball: Boycott)
A high-flying England side will go into the fifth Test at the Oval, starting on August 15, with the positive intention of finishing the series with a 3-1 triumph.