England has been left “chasing its tail” in the last few Tests due to an incorrect rotation policy which has robbed skipper Joe Root the chance to play his best XI, feels former captain and opener Alastair Cook.

The new rest-and-rotate policy in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen many of England’s top players being left out of the squad in the last eight Tests.

Root and his men suffered a 1-3 loss against India despite being up 1-0 and then conceded a 0-1 defeat at home to New Zealand.

“You have to say it hasn’t worked for Rooty, and I do genuinely feel sorry for him,” said Cook, who was taking part in Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week alongside the Chance to Shine children’s cricket charity, on Monday.

“When you’re playing for England, or you’re the captain, coach or selector, you get judged on end results most of the time and he hasn’t had his best players available.

“You can’t…

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