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Record concession of 759 runs could sway Cook's future: Bayliss

Trevor Bayliss admits England's concession of the highest Test total ever scored against them may yet have a bearing on whether Alastair Cook decides to stay on as captain.

The England coach acknowledged there was "not a lot" he could say to help the players as India batsman Karun Nair turned his maiden Test century into an unbeaten 303, in only his third innings, and drove the hosts to their own national-record score of 759 for seven declared.

After they had reached 12 without loss on the penultimate evening of this fifth Test, Bayliss agreed England's latest chastening experience could yet influence Cook's deliberations about whether to extend his record 59 matches in charge into next summer and the Ashes winter to follow.

Bayliss said: "That's a decision only he will know the answer to. He's done it for so long, whether I say yes or no, it won't change his mind.

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

"I won't sit down to have a chat with him. We've got six or seven months until our next Test, so there's plenty of time."

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