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Joe Root has temperament to lead England - Virat Kohli

Joe Root us the leading run-scorer for England in the series
Joe Root us the leading run-scorer for England in the series
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Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli believes Joe Root has all the attributes to take the reins of the England team.

Recent sub-continent struggle of the England team has raised questions of the tactics employed by Alastair Cook especially in team selections and bowler rotations.

Cook himself acknowledged after the defeat against India in Mumbai that Root is ready for England captaincy and he will decide on his course of role with England and Wales Cricket Board cricket director Andrew Strauss in the end of the year review.

Kohli, who has been leading from the front this series with 640 runs from four matches at an average of 128 believes Root has all the credentials to lead the England team.

"Joe looks like a guy who has the temperament to do it," Kohli said on the eve of the fifth and final test against England.

"Of whatever I have seen of him as a player and the way he conducts himself on the field, I think he has been a great batsman for England and I think he's equipped enough to handle that job."

Kohli, who is enjoying a good stint with the Indian team with five consecutive series also highlighted the problems that might rest with the captaincy role.

"It depends on the individual, to be honest. Joe is an outstanding player. I've been very fond of his game and the way he plays and goes about things," Kohli said of the 25-year-old.

"He's very positive, always thinks of any situation as an opportunity. It's pretty evident with the way he plays.

"I don't know what captaincy would do to that. Captaincy is not just about handling 10 more guys on the field or having a squad and interacting with management. It comes with a whole package..."

Root is the second highest scorer in the series behind Kohli with 397 runs from four games at an average close to 50 and will be looking to play an impactful knock in the final game against India which begins in Chennai on 16th December.

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