The Essex star was under pressure going into the Ashes series, with question marks over his place in the side following a poor run of form.
But the 25-year-old has responded in magnificent style, scoring a double hundred in the First Test in Brisbane, and following that up with a second century during the crushing victory in Adelaide.
Flower told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Cook has played superbly. I’ve got tremendous admiration for him. He’s a strong young man and he’s got an incredible record for a young man.
“He’s our vice-captain which indicates leadership qualities that stand him in very good stead in any tight battle.
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