Unconfirmed reports suggest that Alastair Cook is set to relinquish his Test captaincy when he meets Andrew Strauss, the Director of Cricket of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) soon. The current vice-captain Joe Root looks to be the likely successor for the role.
Through various media interactions during the disappointing tour of India, Cook said that he would review his captaincy post the series. He looked a dispirited man towards the end of the series as his batting form also suffered.
Alaistair Cook made 369 runs in the 5-match Test series against India with an average of 36.90 which included one hundred and a half-century.
Root who is still untested with captaincy at the highest stage, averaged 49.10 in the series having made 491 runs. He made one hundred and 4 fifties and was England’s best batsman during the series.
Currently, Cook has captained England in 59 Tests which is the most in the history for an Englishman. Under his leadership, England have won 24 games.
During his tenure, they won a Test series in India in 2012 after being one down and also won the Ashes in 2013 and 2015 and an away series victory in South Africa in 2016.
Under his captaincy, England faced a 5-0 white wash in the 2013/14 Ashes, a drawn series against West Indies and Bangladesh and the recent 4-0 drubbing by the hands of India.
Post the recently concluded series, many called for Cook’s resignation. During the India series, he had also spoken about how difficult it was for him to leave home a day after the birth of his child.
Cook who is just 32 years old, still could contribute with the bat and that too with less pressure. If the 26-year-old Root is chosen as the skipper, he would be the youngest permanent England captain since Michael Atherton.
Being a part of the fab four of the world cricket, Joe Root is the only player to assume captaincy with Australia’s Steve Smith and India’s Virat Kohli and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson already doing a good job of leading their respective countries.