Published: Thu, February 09, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

England to announce new Test cricket captain next week

Cook had hinted during the recent tour of India that the time may be right to step down and he also suggested that vice-captain Joe Root is "ready to lead".

"He's led the team with determination, conviction and a huge amount of pride and his record stands for itself", said Strauss, now director of England Cricket.

Two years later, within hours of receiving his Cricket Writers' Club young player-of-the-year award at a London hotel, Cook was back at Chelmsford the next morning taking guard for Essex and what would be an unbeaten double-hundred against Australia. "I don't think so", Strauss said.

"At this moment in time, I don't really see any other candidate".

"With Joe Root coming on they have got a ideal replacement", he said.

Not everyone advocates Root being made captain, with former England off-spinner Graeme Swann repeating the sentiments that he first expressed in his column for the Sun newspaper last summer that as "one of the lads" and the dressing room Joker, he would be best left to focus on his game rather than being burdened with the leadership role.

The seamer is probably closer to retirement than his debut but he would still represent a captain who commands the respect of the dressing room and has enough experience to navigate global cricket.

"Ben has got a natural draw to him and he would be an excellent vice-captain for Root", former England limited-overs captain Collingwood said on the Tuffers and Vaughan show.

"Root gets into situations, one-on-ones, with people. I honestly believe he deserves to be looked upon as one of England's great captains".

"When is the right time?"

"I don't think there's an issue with him captaining, he's too good a player".

"The responsibility would suit his character".

'I do wish it had been done differently, ' said Cook, who is expected to be succeeded next week by Joe Root. "I think he will be able to just slip into the role and he will be a good captain". I remember a few of us looking at each other and saying "really?' It turns out he was quite some judge".

"He's had some unfair criticism at times, but his record speaks for itself, both as a captain and with the bat".

According to a report in BBC Sports, Anderson said, "Root is fairly quiet but he has got that fire in his belly".

But in 2013/14, England's last Ashes series "Down Under", saw them routed 5-0 with Cook, now captain, averaging a meagre 24.60.

He cut a dejected figure after that series and has now chosen to focus on his batting.

"It (resigning) will probably give me a bit more time to dedicate to it (batting)", said Cook, who made a hundred on his Test debut against India in Nagpur in 2006. "I've had time to reflect after the India series and this weekend I spoke to Colin Graves, the Chairman, to explain and offer my resignation", he added.

In many ways Pietersen has been at the forefront of Cook's captaincy for as long as he has been in charge.

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