Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Root Ready to Take Up Captaincy' Says Skipper

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Root Ready to Take Up Captaincy' Says Skipper

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ALASTAIR Cook found himself agreeing Joe Root will be ready to succeed him as captain if the time comes for him to step aside soon following England's swift descent to series defeat against India.

It took England only 33 minutes to go very quietly on the final morning yesterday to an innings-and-36-run defeat.

England lost their last six wickets for just 15 runs, collapsing to 195 all out to become only the third team in Test history ever to lose by an innings after making 400 first time round.

Cook faced an inevitable barrage of post-match inquiries as to whether he intends to carry on as captain, and admitted even he does occasionally have doubts.

"Of course, you have questions. Naturally you look at stuff," he said.

He will be 32 on Christmas Day, and around then expects to be keeping his pre-series promise to review the campaign - including his leadership duties - with England and Wales Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss. …

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