Simply put England need one captain across all three formats of the game.

This tour down under has exposed the cracks in the system that, in my mind at least, have been around ever since England chose to appoint an individual captain for each of its three formats.

In April 2011 England took the bold decision of choosing a different captain for each of its teams; Strauss for tests, Cook for ODIs and Broad for T20s. But the landscape of international cricket is changing, and England are not the all conquering side they were only a few years ago.

The side is in such a state of flux that Alistair Cook should be made captain in chief. He takes to the pitch in every possible game with the national side, if he needs a break than the vice captain takes his place.

This has to become the norm if England want to improve and regain former glories. It was easy to see that Cook struggled with his player management in the test series, he showed a lack of faith to anyone who had just come into the side, even Ben Stokes was under-utilised as a seam bowler.

If the England hierarchy does not feel that Cook is the right man to take the team forward than give the reigns to Stuart Broad. If they are serious about making Broad a test captain, than they have to let him skipper across all three sides.

Personally, I feel Cook is still the best man for the job. A bad series does not make him a bad captain.

People have raised questions about Cooks ability to play T20 cricket, yet he has shown himself as more than capable with the bat in the quicker format of the game. His strike rate in domestic T20 is 128, and he has a T20 hundred to his name.

By running all of the sides Cook will have a better judge of characters and will know his players strengths and weaknesses. This way young players blooded at test level will have a captain that knows when to bowl them and where to field them. 

The England cricket team need to change; removing Broad as captain, but placing him as permanent vice for all the formats, will allow him to learn this unique trade as well.

What worked in the past for England may not always work now and bold decisions need to be made. If Broad is removed as T20 captain than it could benefit the future of English test cricket.

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