Cook impressed with Root's start as Test captain

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Cook, who resigned in February following the 4-0 series defeat in India late last year, always knew things would initially feel odd back among the rank and file after four years and a record 59 Tests as captain.

"We were both still at first and second slip".

For his part, Cook marked his return to the ranks after five years as captain with a valuable 69 in the second innings at Lord's. It was different having spent three or four years being the focal point of decisions. After a while it has an effect on you.

"He would have made different decisions [to me] at certain times but I thought he handled it brilliantly". "You are not thinking, 'Have I picked the right side because the side", is somebody else's.

Some questioned whether Cook would struggle under a new captain at Test level.

There have been, insists Cook, subtle changes on the field.

"You watch a lot of their cricket and they are one of the sides that travel very well", he said. "It was very similar to before just with roles reversed".

"The shock was when Ben Stokes told me to move fielding positions", said Cook. "But he still has that glint and smile in his eye, so I don't see it changing". "Now I move on back to being normal". "For Joe Root to get off and win a game by 200 runs and get 190, it doesn't get much better than that". But he also gave a ringing endorsement of his successor's first outing, not least the 190 that Root peeled off in the first innings and eclipsed Cook's own 173 against Bangladesh in 2010 as the highest score by an England captain in his maiden Test in charge.

"I didn't know that was a record", says Cook.

"It probably won't be the last record of mine he breaks", Cook said.

While it was the spinners, specifically Moeen Ali, who took the plaudits during the first-Test victory over South Africa at Lord's, England's pedigree pace attack are expected to enjoy the conditions at one of the favourite grounds.

"That's not come from me!"

As for motivation, Cook said he remains hungry. "You just do not know what happens in sport".

"I don't set targets: certainly not publicly and not many privately".

So what does keep Cook motivated to carry on? "It is an unbelievable thing what we do and the thought of playing here on Friday in front of a full house, that is not going to be around forever so that's what kind of motivates me".

"It is an incredible thing, what we do".

"Even selection, when the 12 was announced I forgot the thought and effort that went into that".

Furthermore, South Africa will welcome back captain Faf du Plessis, who missed the first Test due to the "difficult" birth of his first child. His will evolve over a period of time.

In total, 19 wickets fell on the day on a Lord's pitch taking sharp spin and Root, asked for his view of an extraordinary day's play, told reporters: "I think what it does tell us is how well guys played last [Saturday] night -Cooky, Keaton (Jennings) and Gary (Ballance)".

Long before then, in the weeks after resigning as captain in February, Cook began the process of coming to terms with the consequences of his decision.

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