Andrew Strauss says that Joe Root's lack of experience captaining a team will not stand in his way of being named Alastair Cook's successor as England's Test skipper.
Cook confirmed an expected resignation on Monday, having led England to a 4-0 defeat in India, which was compounded by 2-1 defeats for Eoin Morgan's teams in one-day international and Twenty20 cricket.
Root, appointed vice-captain in 2015, has become one of England's leading performers in all three formats and has long been touted as Cook's successor, despite never captaining his county, Yorkshire, or England.
With an appointment due before England fly to the Caribbean to face West Indies in ODI action on February 22, Strauss says experience of captaincy is harder to come by.
"I think that is the reality in this day and age," he told Sky Sports.
"It's very hard for England players to get a great deal of county captaincy experience.
"It's a significant challenge, a great challenge to have, a great honour for anyone to captain England - and someone else is going to get that opportunity in the near future.
"It would have been entirely wrong for me to have spoken to any other players about the England captaincy before Alastair decided to step down.
"Now's the chance for me and the selectors and the England coach [Trevor Bayliss] to have conversations among ourselves and with some of the players within the England environment to get an understanding of who the right person is, what their philosophy is, how they intend to take the team forward so that when we come to announce the new captain we're absolutely clear he's the right man."