India's Karun Nair raises his bat after scoring a triple century against England.
India's Karun Nair raises his bat after scoring a triple century against England. Tsering Topgyal

Rookie's triple century puts pressure on England captain

CRICKET: England coach Trevor Bayliss says captain Alastair Cook will make his own decision on whether he wants to stay in the job after another chastening day in Chennai.

Bayliss, who has left the tour of India early for a hernia operation, watched on as the hosts piled on a record 7-759 on the fourth day of the final Test, with Karun Nair notching up 303 not out.

The Australian coach said he was unsure what Cook would do about his future.

"I have not even spoken to him about it,” he said.

"I won't speak to him about it. It is a decision only he will know the answer to.

"If he keeps going, fantastic.

"If he stops, then that is up to him and I have no problem with that either.

"We have got six or seven months until the next Test match, so there is plenty of time for him to think about it.”

The total was the seventh-highest Test innings of all time and was also India's highest score in Tests.

England had never conceded more runs in a Test innings, with Karun the third player to convert their first Test hundred into a triple ton.

England was 0-12 in its second innings at stumps on day four, still 270 runs behind.


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