Cook impressed by calm Root

13 July 2017 04:36:09 EST

Alastair Cook believes that his successor as England Test captain, Joe Root, has already shown that he can handle the role.

Root enjoyed a winning start as South Africa were swept aside by 211 runs in the first Test of four at Lord's, marking the occasion with a superb knock of 190.

It's a pretty straightforward thing to focus on this week - get your basics right and do things consistently better for longer.

Faf du Plessis

And former skipper Cook was impressed by the way Root handled himself before, during and after the match, praising the approach that the Yorkshireman had taken.

He told reporters: "By playing it a bit more low-key, certainly in the dressing room, his message will grow. It will get clearer and stronger as he goes.

"You often see a captain who comes in and thinks he's got to do the speech at the start of his reign, saying that this is what he wants and stuff. Then you've forgotten everything he's said after two minutes.

"But actually, because he didn't do that, everyone was still waiting for it and when he did speak, he spoke very clearly and very concisely on what he wanted to do."

England appear likely to stick with the XI who played in in the opening match of the series for the second Test with the Proteas, with South Africa set to make changes for the game at Trent Bridge, which starts on Friday.

Faf du Plessis is back to captain the side, but fast bowler Kagiso Rabada misses out as he serves a one-match suspension.

Du Plessis, who is poised to replace JP Duminy in the middle-order says the task for his players is a uncomplicated one, adding: "It's a pretty straightforward thing to focus on this week - get your basics right and do things consistently better for longer.

"You will have moments in the game when you put pressure on opposition and then they put pressure on you, and then you wait for your turn to put pressure back on them."

South Africa are 13/5 to win the second Test, with the draw priced at 4/1, while England are available at 8/11 to take a 2-0 series lead.

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