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England’s Alastair Cook to meet Andrew Strauss for captaincy talks next week

• Director of cricket has scheduled discussion to consider captain’s future
• Management team unsure which way deliberations are likely to go

Andrew Strauss, the director of England cricket, is to resume his review of the Test series defeat to India with Alastair Cook’s continuation as captain top of his list of things to consider. Strauss returned from a family holiday in Australia on Friday and will meet Cook next week.

Cook ended the pre-Christmas tour – a 4-0 defeat to Virat Kohli’s world No1 side – stating that he needed time to decide whether he remains the right man for the role. But even if he opts to plough on as Test captain after a record 59 matches in charge, Strauss, his predecessor, may yet conclude that fresh energy is required to take the team forward. With summer series ahead against South Africa and West Indies before next winter’s Ashes tour, Joe Root would be the expected successor if Cook is stood down.

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