London - Director of England cricket Andrew Strauss expects
Alastair Cook to carry on as the Test captain well into the summer of 2017,
saying the 31-year-old is comfortable with the responsibility.
Cook triggered speculation about his captaincy when he told
the Cricketer magazine that he did not know "how much longer I am going to
carry on. It could be two months, it could be a year".
Talking to reporters in Visakhapatnam ahead of the second
Test against India, Cook's former opening partner Strauss ruled out a change in
"He's batting well and he's still young. It is quite
scary how young he is really and I have every faith that he will carry on past
this series and into the summer," Strauss said.
"He is in a really good place... very comfortable leading
this team for a while. So, it probably takes less out of him now than it used
Cook, who surpassed Michael Atherton's England record of 54
matches as Test captain after the first Test against India in Rajkot, replaced
Strauss as skipper in 2012.
Strauss said the Cook has many years left to continue doing
well with the bat and mentor youngsters.
One of them could be 19-year-old Haseeb Hameed who struck an
impressive 82 during England's second innings at Rajkot to forge a 180-run
opening stand with Cook.
"Hameed looked very composed and calm and in control of
his game. He's got a very effective game against spin, we've got some very high
hopes for him," Strauss said.