Joe Root has been appointed captain of the England cricket team. The 26-year-old had been the favourite to replace Alastair Cook, who resigned last week after four years in the role.
Speaking at a press conference to announce his appointment, Root told the visiting press that “it is a huge honour to be given the Test captaincy… 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.”
Root will become the 80th man to lead England in Test matches.
No batsman has scored more than Root’s 4,594 runs in Test match cricket since he made his Test debut at the end of 2012. The Yorkshireman has been impressive in the limited overs format of the game too- only Indian superstar Virat Kohli has outscored him in all forms of international cricket.
Root’s first Test match in charge isn’t until July- when England host South Africa. That series is followed by a visit from the West Indies, and then England head Down Under to face Australia, in what will certainly be Root’s toughest test of 2017.
Root has relatively little captaincy experience- he’s only ever captained in four first-class matches. One of these, however, saw Yorkshire win the County Championship in 2014.
All-rounder Ben Stokes will step up and be Root’s vice-captain.
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