Root named England Test captain

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Published by : CT WEB 2017-02-14 11:13:49

Joe Root has been named as England's Test captain, succeeding Alastair Cook, who last week stepped down after four years in the job.

Root, 26, had been the frontrunner to follow Cook in the Test role, having been made vice-captain in 2015. He met with Andrew Strauss, England's director of cricket, last week and was offered the job over the weekend but will have to wait five months for his first outing as captain, when England host South Africa in July.

There were few serious alternatives to Root, who has emerged as England's star batsman since making his debut under Cook in 2012. Ben Stokes has been confirmed as Root's new vice-captain. The appointments had been widely anticipated, with England leaving for a one-day series in the West Indies next week.

"It is a huge honour to be given the England Test captaincy," Root said. "I feel privileged, humbled and very excited.

"We have a very good group of players and I'm looking forward to leading them out in the summer, building on Alastair's achievements and making the most of our talents in the years ahead. The senior guys in the changing room play a very influential role and whilst there's a natural progression for me it's a huge support to know that they are there to help and advise."

Strauss chose to give Root more responsibility when taking over as director of cricket two summers ago and he was pleased that the Yorkshire batsman had immediately accepted the promotion to captain, described him as "the right man" to succeed Cook.

(ESPN)

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