Root likely to succeed Cook as England Test skipper
Alastair Cook's resignation as England Test captain puts Joe Root centre stage as by far his most likely successor - but there will be no immediate confirmation of his appointment.
England and Wales Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss paid a rich tribute to Cook, the man who replaced him as captain in 2012 and has gone on to lead his country in a national record 59 Tests.
Cook received many plaudits after an up and down four-year tenure which included two Ashes series wins and a vexed whitewash defeat in Australia - leading to the departure of both coach Andy Flower and controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen.
"He's led the team with drive, with determination, with a huge amount of passion," said Strauss.
"You only have to speak to the people who have played under him to realise what an impact he's had on them.
"He's been a fantastic England captain.
"Today's really about celebrating what he's done as England captain."
• PETER Chase has been called into the Ireland squad for the three Twenty20 matches against Afghanistan in India next month.
The 23-year-old pace bowler, who played in seven one-day internationals last summer but has yet to make his T20 international debut, replaces 17-year-od Josh Little, who is staying at home to fulfil his education commitments.