Sheffield's Joe Root backs captain Cook

Joe Root and his fan club
Joe Root and his fan club
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Alastair Cook has endorsements from within his England team, and outside it, to continue as captain of his Ashes winners.

Cook has every right to dictate his own terms for the foreseeable future, starting with a dead rubber at The Oval and then a tough winter ahead against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates followed by the world's number one team, South Africa.

There are nonetheless some who believe it is time already, after only three years in the job, for him to cede responsibility to Joe Root.

His deputy Root is not among them and neither is Paul Collingwood, formerly the captain of England's only global trophy-winning team at the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 and now in charge of his native Durham.

Root, who scored his second century of the Investec series as England won the Ashes with a match to spare in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge, made clear his abundant admiration for Cook.

"As far as captaincy is concerned, Cookie has done exceptionally well," said the 24-year-old Yorkshireman.

"He's just won the Ashes for the second time in three attempts, so I hope he'll be in charge of us for a long time.

"He has been a fantastic captain throughout the series and throughout this summer, as he was before that."

Collingwood has watched from afar since Cook, 30, began his captaincy tenure as Andrew Strauss' successor.

He has been impressed too.

"I think he thoroughly deserves to lead the team going forward," he told Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek.

"He's proven to a lot of people he's the right man. Being England captain is a tough job, with a lot of critics, and you've got to have a very thick skin to get through the bad times."

As Collingwood references, there have been plenty of those for Cook - notably in the 2013/14 whitewash Ashes defeat in Australia and then when the record-breaking opener lost his form before being sacked as World Cup captain less than two months before the start of that campaign.

"This England team have been through some very bad times, but responded," said Collingwood.

"Australia are a very good side, and they were in form, but the way England have gone about their business has made a very good side look mediocre.

"A lot of that is down to Alastair Cook. The way he's led from the front and directed the guys has been brilliant.

"He's had a really tough 12-18 months, losing the captaincy of the one-dayers, but he's really got his teeth into the Test captaincy."

James Anderson, meanwhile, has returned in a 14-man squad announced for the final Ashes Test at The Oval as he continues his recovery from a side strain. He replaces uncapped seamer Mark Footitt in an otherwise unchanged list.