Joe Root raring to go as new England Test captain

Ben Stokes has been interviewed for the vacant post of England Test captain

Joe Root's appointment as England's new Test captain was officially confirmed on Monday - a decision that met with widespread approval on social media.

Colin Graves, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), said in a statement that the Yorkshire batsman had been the ideal choice.

Root has made 4,594 runs for the England since making his debut back in December 2012 - more than any other batsman in that time.

Root will be the 80 different man to lead his country in the longest form of the game, just four years on from making his England debut in India. "He's someone who's studied the game so it's not as though because he's captain he has to start thinking about tactics and opposition.he's been doing it all through his career and I'm sure he'll do a very good job", added Moxon, himself a former England batsman. He has real presence and influence within the team environment that serve as a great source of support for Joe.

"Two bits of advice I'd give Joe are, one, do it your way because when it goes wrong it'll be you taking the blame and the second bit is look after your batting", Hussain told Sky Sports.

The Yorkshireman will succeed Alastair Cook, who stepped down from England's Test team captaincy earlier this month.

"Joe is the flawless choice for England Test captain".

"The role of Test captain is an honour and a responsibility which he thoroughly deserves. Joe has maturity beyond his years and having seen him develop at Yorkshire over the last 10 years I know his qualities well".

And it was nearly certain that Root would be given the mantle to lead the side in the longest format of the game.

Broad was interviewed by England director of cricket Andrew Strauss and the chairman of selectors James Whitaker Stokes and Root. While Cook and Bayliss did not always appear to be in unison over England's style of play, it is anticipated that Root will adopt a bolder, more aggressive approach that may be more to Bayliss' liking.

Root will begin to shape his Test squad in series against South Africa (four Tests) and West Indies (three Tests) in front of home crowds this summer, prior to travelling Down Under to face off with Steve Smith in the Ashes come November.



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