England captain Alastair Cook receives Joe Root's backing

Both Joe Root (left) and Alastair Cook (right) had fantastic year with the bat
Both Joe Root (left) and Alastair Cook (right) had fantastic year with the bat
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England vice-captain Joe Root has come in full support of skipper Alastair Cook and backs him to lead the team for "years to come".

Cook, who is about to become 32 this month has been handing the reins of the Test team since August 2012 and has achieved great success with the team including a historic series victory in Indian soil for the first time in 28 years when he captained them in the 2012 tour.

Cook also enjoyed two home Ashes series victory over their arch-rivals Australia in 2013 and 2015 but lost the away series down under in 2013-14 by a 5-0 margin.

Even though, England started the year well with series victories against South Africa and Sri Lanka, they failed to beat Pakistan and Bangladesh at home and away respectively and are also starring down the battle at 0-2 in their ongoing five-match Test series against India after losing the second and third game.

Two more defeats for Cook's men in the series will take their tally to eight defeats in the year, which is the most for any England team in the history of the game.

Root, who is seen as the potential successor for Cook is hoping the Essex batsman will continue leading the side despite the hurdle.

"I'm quite happy with the role I'm playing at the moment, and you want to do what is right for England and the side.

"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."

In the last five matches played in the sub-continent, Cook has managed a century and two fifties with a total of 335 runs at an average of 33.50. Overall, he is only third in most runs scored this calendar year behind Jonny Bairstow and Root which helped him break into the top 10 position in the ICC Test Rankings.

Cook along with his majority of team-mates have traveled to Dubai and will assemble ahead of the fourth Test in Mumbai on 8th December.

Root believes it will be injustice to blame Cook for the poor series they had till now in India. Instead, he urged the batsmen to put on a better show to give something for the bowlers to apply pressure.

"I think he is coping all right," he said. "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 Cooky [after the two defeats in India so far], 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."

England have played India seven times at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai previously and have won and lost three games each.

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