Root ready for England captaincy, rules out IPL


Joe Root wants Alastair Cook to continue as Test captain but feels he is ready to lead England if needed.

Cook is expected to make a decision on his future soon following England's crushing 4-0 loss away to India late last year.

Some observers feel it is time for the 32-year-old to stand aside, with star batsman Root his likely successor. 

Speaking to the media ahead of England's second one-day international against India in Cuttack on Thursday, the 26-year Yorkshireman was asked about his leadership credentials in the long form of the game. 

"I'd like to think I'm ready," he said.

"A lot of people say you don't know until you are in that position but I've got a lot of experience behind me now in Test cricket and I feel I've got something to offer."

As for Cook, Root said: "I hope he makes a decision that he's comfortable with but as a player I hope he continues because he's a great leader and he can take this team forward."

Despite England's schedule permitting his potential involvement, Root also declared himself unavailable for this year's Indian Premier League, as he opts to spend time with his young family, having become a father for the first time shortly before the ODI series.

"It is a shame because there is a really good window in the international calendar to play," he said.

"But looking at the schedule, especially next winter, I am going to be away for long periods.

"This will be a great opportunity to spend time at home and watch Alfred grow up a little bit. A lot of great things would come from the IPL, a lot of great experiences and I am sure it would help to improve my game.

"But at the moment being at home is my priority and I want to make sure I do not miss out on that. It is quite tough being away in these early days so it will be nice to catch up."