SWANNY’S WORLD OF SPORT: Cook out, Root in

Joe Root should captain England this summer.

Joe Root should captain England this summer.

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Alistair Cook should step down as England cricket captain and concentrate on his batting, which is showing signs of decline.

I always reckon it’s best to quit at the top and an away series win at the number one ranked Test nation is a fine achievement even if South Africa have often resembled a bad county team in the current series.

Joe Root should be invited to take over. England have two easy home series next against Pakistan and Sri Lanka so let Root bed in and by the time we go to India next winter I reckon he’d be a far more gifted version of Mike Brearley.

Root doesn’t seem the sort of player to let captaincy affect his game.

Best to find out now rather then throw him in at the deep end in a series we could lose.