Alastair Cook has captained England in a record 59 Test matches and accomplished many feats with the team including winning the Ashes series. The former England captain has now hailed new captain of the England cricket team Joe Root for his “outstanding” start to his captaincy career.
Root played a splendid inning of 190 and led his team to 211-run victory over South Africa in the first Test, which was his after being named full-time captain, of the four-match series at Lord’s on Sunday. He will now look guide England to their second win which will give them an unassailable lead in the series.
“It was a great week for English cricket,” Cook told Sky Sports on Wednesday. “For Joe Root to get off and win a game by 200 runs and get 190, it doesn’t get much better than that,” added the 32- year-old Cook.
“I am really pleased for him. He had a horrible cold all week, but I thought he was outstanding. When he did speak in the dressing room his messages were very clear. The confidence he will have got from last week, it is always important to start well.
“He got the monkey off his back in terms of getting a big score early on in your captaincy career, which stops everyone talking about captaincy affecting your batting. I think all in all he will have gone to bed Sunday night a very happy man.”
Cook, who still is the opening batsman for England, said that pressure is part of the job. He only gave up captaincy after a 4-0 series loss in India last year.
“Nothing can prepare you for it,” Cook said of being England captain. “Sometimes the peace and quiet is on the field and when you are batting. It is a big role, but it’s great that he had a really good start and I am always there if he needs some support.
“Personalities will be different. He will evolve over a period of time. He is still new to captaincy, in terms of any kind of cricket so he will get better and better. He could not have done more in that first game.”
Cook, meanwhile, scored 69 runs in England’s second innings after missing out in the first. He later said that it was a bit unusual but it will be alright.
“It was business as usual for me. It was a little bit strange, especially when Joe came out to toss and knowing I will never do that again. But then you see all the interviews after and think ‘it’s alright, I can go and get my pads on!’ I have done my stint, proud of what I achieved and hopefully we can build forward with Rooty.”
“The target hasn’t really changed for me. It is just to score runs to help set up England victories… Scoring big hundreds is the dream for any batter.”
South Africa suffered their first loss to England at Lord’s since 1960 and have lost only one away series in last 10 years which made Cook say that they will bounce back in the Trent Bridge Test that begins on Friday.
“You watch a lot of their cricket and they are one of the sides that travel very well,” he said. “They have a very good record away from home. They will be hurting.
“We need to be right on it. In Test-match cricket if you are not on it for the full five days you can lose it very quickly.”