Long-term agenda will dictate captaincy talks - Cook

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Alastair Cook says the long-term future of the England cricket team will lead the agenda when discussions are held with Andrew Strauss over his continuation as Test captain.

The 31-year-old suggested before the tour to India it could be his last as skipper and falling to an insurmountable 3-0 deficit in the five-match series has intensified suggestions he will step aside.

Cook stated after England's battering in the fourth Test in Mumbai that Joe Root is ready to take on the role, with the Yorkshireman potentially being given time to shape the side in series against South Africa and West Indies before the Ashes tour in Australia starts next November.

And the opening batsman says there will be no knee-jerk decision before he has discussed all possibilities with Strauss, the director of England cricket.

"It's a natural thing that happens with me and Straussy now," Cook told BBC Sport.

"Often my future comes up and how we want to move forward. This would be no different to any of those other meetings and we are going to have to discuss what is the best thing for English cricket.

"You have to be very careful about decisions that are made in the heat of the moment that have a long-term effect on yourself and the team."

On Root's ability to take over as captain, Cook replied: "You just never know. I think a lot of players have a bit of a spurt when they first take over the captaincy and it levels out after a couple of years, when you probably find your genuine level.

"I was asked a very direct question [about Root stepping up] a couple of days ago about it.

"But the moment he got off the plane in India in 2012 as a very young-looking Joe Root you knew his mind and his game was ready for international cricket.

"Every challenge that's been thrown at him he's handled. So I don't think anything over the next few years will faze him."