Alastair Cook backs Joe Root to reach new heights with captaincy

Alastair Cook (left) backs Joe Root to succeed as England Test captain
Alastair Cook (left) backs Joe Root to succeed as England Test captain

Alastair Cook is confident that handing over the responsibility of captaining the England Test team can help Joe Root reach new heights in his career.

After Cook decided to step down from the role, Root is tipped favourite to take over the reins but questions are raised whether it will affect his form considering he is only 26 now.

Citing the examples of India's Virat Kohli, Australia's Steven Smith and New Zealand's Kane Williamson, Cook believes added responsibility will only make Root a better player.

"He (Root) has got a very, very good cricket brain, he's a part of the newer generation of cricketers and he's a bloody good cricketer who demands respect in the dressing room because of that," Cook said. "I think he'll be an outstanding candidate.

"It's a valid argument (that his form could suffer) in one sense but it has driven the batting of others to another level.

"Virat Kohli for example has flourished, (Australia's) Steve Smith has flourished, (New Zealand's) Kane Williamson as well."

Meanwhile, England pace spearhead James Anderson stated Root is an "obvious" choice to replace Cook.

"Root is fairly quiet but he has got that fire in his belly. He's a really impressive young man," Anderson told the BBC.

"Root gets into situations, one-on-ones, with people. He speaks a lot of sense when he does speak.

"He's the obvious candidate. The decision is a big one because he's our best player, so you obviously don't want that to be affected."

With 4594 runs from 53 matches at an average close to 53, Root is the highest ranked England batsman in ICC Test rankings.

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