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India vs England: Alastair Cook says Joe Root 'is ready' to captain side as he throws future into doubt

The Independent logo The Independent 13-12-2016 Chris Stocks
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Alastair Cook has admitted he is considering his future as England captain and says Joe Root is ready to lead the team if he was to leave the job in the New Year.

Cook was speaking after his side lost the fourth Test against India by an innings and 36 runs in Mumbai.

It was a defeat that has seen the hosts take an unassailable 3-0 series lead with one match to go. The final Test in Chennai starting on Friday could very well be Cook’s last as captain.

The opener has been in charge of the Test team for more than four years and he will sit down with Andrew Strauss, England’s director of cricket, next month to discuss whether he will remain in the post ahead of next summer’s home series against South Africa and West Indies as well as the Ashes in Australia beyond that.

After being quoted before this series began that it could be his last, Cook denied he had any plans at all to walk away from the job.

However, he has admitted his future as captain is now in question.

“Yes, of course you have questions,” said Cook. “Naturally you look at stuff. I will sit down with Straussy at the end of the year like we have made the pact to do to talk honestly and openly about stuff.”

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