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Ali took 10-112 in his first 10-wicket haul and Cook made an important contribution of 69 to help England win
England will take on an AB de Villiers-less South Africa in the European side's first ever test encounter after former skipper Alastair Cook stepping down.
Root is currently England's vice-captain and is the overwhelming favourite to replace Alastair Cook, who resigned as Test skipper on Monday.
Cook, England's leading scorer in Tests with 11,057 runs, became captain in August 2012 and led his country to Ashes glory on home soil in 2013 and 2015.
England, led by limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan, are scheduled to play two further ODIs and three Twenty20s internationals in India.
England dropped several catches in India’s first inning, thus allowing the hosts to register their highest Test score.
Even as Cook struggled with both his batting and captaincy, a dominant India took an unassailable 3-0 lead heading into the fifth and final Test here.
Vanquished England skipper Alastair Cook blamed missed chances and lack of spin bowling options for losing the fourth Test.
Root, widely tipped to succeed Cook when the veteran skipper does make way.
England are a tough side and they proved their skill in the first Test in Rajkot.
The English spin troika of Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Zafar Ansari outbowled their Indian counterparts in the drawn first Test in Rajkot.
There were unfortunately a couple of dropped catches which did not allow us to make those early dents into their bating line-up.
Alastair Cook today rejected speculation that the upcoming Test series against India could be his last as skipper.
Alastair Cook has hinted that the Test series against India could be his last one as captain.
'We need to stay strong,' says the England cricket team captain