CHENNAI - England's Alastair Cook on Thursday shrugged off criticism of his captaincy ahead of the fifth and final Test against India in Chennai, saying one has to live and die by the decisions made.

The tourists, who lost the series 3-0 trail after the fourth Test loss in Mumbai, started off with a strong performance in the first drawn Test in Rajkot but could not keep pace with top-ranked India.

Cook's role as a leader has been brought into question after the three consecutive defeats but he insisted that it is all part of the job. "You get judged on your results as a captain don't you? And when you lose games of cricket you are under fire, it happens to everyone," Cook said.

"When Virat (Kohli) loses games of cricket he'll get criticised, when I lose games of cricket I get criticised. That's part and parcel of the job. Look at Dylan Hartley the England rugby captain. He wins games of rugby and it's all flying and obviously an incident last week (when he hit an opponent in the face) he gets criticised," added Cook.

Cook admitted reading the pitch wrong in the Mohali Test and also regretted using just two spinners in Mumbai. "When you're part of the leadership group you live and die by those decisions and when it's going well everybody thinks you're brilliant and when you're doing badly everybody thinks you're terrible," he said. Cook insisted England's effort could not be criticised as they search for a consolation win. "We've put everything into this tour. I'll have no regrets on the effort and clearly we'd rather not be 3-0 down. One thing you can't fault us on is how hard we've fought as a side and I'm proud of how we've stuck together," Cook told reporters.

Cook, who has said that Joe Root is "ready" for the captain's job, was again asked about his likely successor. "The moment he got off the plane in India in 2012 as a very young-looking Joe Root you knew he was ready for international cricket - you knew. Everything you knew -- his mind, his game -- was ready. Every challenge that's been thrown at him he's handled. So I don't think anything over the next few years will faze him," said Cook.

England and India had a light training session after two days of no practice as the ground staff at Chennai's M.A. Chidambaram stadium worked overtime to ensure the pitch and the outfield are ready for Friday's start.

The city is recovering from devastation caused by Cyclone Vardah that hit on Monday. "This will be my 140th game and I've never played in a game when we haven't had nets before. But we've had a lot of cricket and sometimes you do have to remember what happened in the cyclone, when people unfortunately lost their lives.

"So a net session the day before doesn't seem quite as important after what people have gone through. Driving around you can see the devastation and it's a real reminder of how lucky we are," said Cook.

Kohli urges India to 'leave mark on world cricket'

India's talismanic captain Virat Kohli on Thursday urged his in-form teammates to "leave a mark on world cricket" by going on to become one of the greatest sides ever.

Kohli's India are bidding to extend their 17-game unbeaten run in the dead rubber fifth and final Test against England, which starts in the southern city of Chennai on Friday.

The hosts, who have already clinched the series 3-0, will become the first Indian team to go 18 matches without a loss if they avoid defeat against Alastair Cook's struggling tourists. Kohli called on his players to build on recent successes and become a team that can be mentioned in the same breath as Don Bradman's Australian "Invincibles" and the legendary West Indies side of the 1980s.

"We still understand we got to play a lot of cricket everywhere in the world. It's not only about this one period we are going through," the 28-year-old told reporters. "As I said it's an ongoing process which needs to be sustained for the next five, seven or eight years for us to become a top quality side and leave a mark on world cricket -- maybe known as one of the best teams to have assembled on the field," Kohli added.

The batsman, who is in the form of his life after striking his third double century of the year, has already become the first Indian captain to win five successive series, including a 3-0 whitewash of New Zealand in October.

India sit comfortably at the top of the world rankings but Kohli insisted his side were taking nothing for granted going into the Chennai Test. "We don't feel invincible to be honest, we respect every opposition, we admit every time we are put under pressure, and we know teams are going to put us under pressure," he said.

Kohli leads the series' batting chart with 640 runs, way ahead of England batsman Joe Root, who has 397 for the four matches. England skipper Cook said after the huge innings and 36-run loss in the third Test in Mumbai that Root was "ready" to succeed him as captain, without saying when he would eventually step down.

Kohli agrees that Root has what it takes to move up from his role of vice-captain. "Joe is an outstanding player... he is very positive, always thinks of any situation as an opportunity... I don't know what captaincy would do to that," Kohli told a press conference. "Whatever I have seen of him as a player and the way he conducts himself on the field, I think he has been a great batsman for England and he is equipped well enough to handle it (being captain)."