India's Test skipper Virat Kohli has said that Joe Root has the temperament to captain the English side. Alastair Cook's recent struggles as captain have come in for widespread criticism prompting calls for Root to take over the reigns as Test skipper.
Cook, while accepting that results have been poor of late, has admitted that he will consider his future at the helm after the fifth Test at Chennai which starts on 16 December. Former skipper Michael Vaughan recently called for Root to be handed the captaincy in time for the 2017 Ashes series against Australia.
"Joe looks like a guy who has the temperament to do it. Of whatever I have seen of him as a player and the way he conducts himself on the field, I think he has been a great batsman for England and I think he's equipped enough to handle that job," Kohli is quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.
The 28-year-old who himself is new at the helm, has flourished since being appointed Test skipper with India playing some brilliant cricket and are yet to lose a series under his watch. Despite the successes, Kohli warned Root that captaincy is an exhausting and highly demanding job.
"It depends on the individual, to be honest. Joe is an outstanding player. I've been very fond of his game and the way he plays and goes about things. He's very positive, always thinks of any situation as an opportunity. It's pretty evident with the way he plays. I don't know what captaincy would do to that. Captaincy is not just about handling 10 more guys on the field or having a squad and interacting with management. It comes with a whole package," Kohli added.
A decision on the England Test captaincy will be taken next month when Cook will discuss his position with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), director of cricket Andrew Strauss.