Root backs Cook to con­tinue as cap­tain

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Joe Root ex­pects Alas­tair Cook to con­tinue to lead Eng­land for “a few years to come” amid ris­ing spec­u­la­tion on the fu­ture of the 31-year-old as test cap­tain. The left-handed open­ing bats­man trig­gered doubts about his cap­taincy when he told the Crick­eter mag­a­zine that he did not know “how much longer I am go­ing to carry on. It could be two months, it could be a year”.

He was forced to clar­ify his com­ments on the eve of the open­ing test of the five-match se­ries against In­dia at Ra­jkot and said he was do­ing the job on a se­ries-by-se­ries ba­sis. But with Eng­land trail­ing 2-0 af­ter three tests, Cook’s fu­ture has come un­der re­newed spec­u­la­tion. The 25-year-old Root is Eng­land’s best bats­man, vice-cap­tain and seen as a nat­u­ral suc­ces­sor to Cook, who had to leave his new­born daugh­ter and fam­ily be­hind in Oc­to­ber for a test se­ries in Bangladesh.

Root said he had seen no in­di­ca­tion from his cap­tain to sug­gest he was con­tem­plat­ing giv­ing up the job and said the team’s bats­men had let their skip­per down. “I think he is cop­ing all right,” Root said of Cook. “He’s very pro­fes­sional and you don’t re­ally get much from him in that re­spect. I imag­ine it must be quite tough be­ing away from a new child and fam­ily and ev­ery­thing. “You could put a lot of blame on Cooky but ac­tu­ally it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the bat­ters to make those big scores. You can blame who­ever you want, but we have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for our own game.” Cook, who sur­passed Michael Ather­ton’s Eng­land record of 54 matches as test cap­tain af­ter the first test in Ra­jkot, re­placed An­drew Strauss as skip­per in 2012.

He has led Eng­land to 24 vic­to­ries, in­clud­ing a 2-1 se­ries win over In­dia the last time they toured the South Asian coun­try in 2012.

“I think he is pretty set on cap­tain­ing for a few years to come and I hope he does be­cause I think he is a bril­liant leader and I’ve re­ally en­joyed play­ing un­der him,” Root said. “I’m quite happy with the role I’m play­ing at the mo­ment and gen­uinely, hon­estly I think he is the right man. “I hope we get these re­sults we want in the last two games, and we can put right what has been quite a frus­trat­ing last cou­ple of weeks.”

Mum­bai’s Wankhede Sta­dium will host the penul­ti­mate test of the se­ries from Thurs­day, while the fi­nal test will be played in Chen­nai from Dec. 16.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kuwait

© PressReader. All rights reserved.