Belfast Telegraph

Cook looks likely to step down as England skipper

By Chris Stocks

Alastair Cook is set to discuss his future as Test captain with Andrew Strauss, England's Director of Cricket, tomorrow.

Cook is believed to be preparing to stand down from the position he has held for more than four years. But sources close to the England squad preparing for the one-day series in India say they are confident Cook will remain as Test captain.

The England & Wales Cricket Board is also sticking to the line that Cook's meeting with Strauss is nothing more than a normal post-series debrief.

However, the truth is Cook appeared a resigned figure following England's humiliating 4-0 series defeat in India before Christmas and unless there has been a dramatic change of heart he is likely to stand down and allow Joe Root to succeed him.

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