England vice-captain Joe Root has expressed faith in his skipper Alastair Cook, going on record to say that, he is the right man 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 rumours about his role as a captain when he was quoted as saying to 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.”

Cook who took on the captaincy from Andrew Strauss in 2012, has since led the England team to 24 victories including an away series win in India in 2012.

Joe Root has backed captain Alaistair Cook
Joe Root has backed captain Alaistair Cook, with England trailing 2-0 in the series against India.

As such, he was forced to clarify his comments prior to the opening test in Rajkot where he threw light on the fact that he was doing the job on a series-to-series basis.

But with, England trailing 2-0 in the ongoing Paytm Test series against India, the skippers’ future has come under the scanner. Root, vice-captain and considered to be England’s best batsmen is however of the opinion that it is the teams’ batsmen who have let the captain down.

He went on to add that he had seen no indication from Cook about stepping down from the job.

I think he is coping all right,” Root was quoted as saying of Cook to Reuters.

“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 Cook 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.”

“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 further added.

“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.”

Wankhede stadium in Mumbai will host the fourth India vs England test of the series from Thursday while the final test will take place in Chennai from December 16.

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