Joe Root named England Test captain

Joe Root has been named as England’s new Test captain.

The Yorkshire batsman, 26, succeeds Alastair Cook, who resigned last week after more than four years in charge.

“It is a huge honour to be given the Test captaincy,” said Root, who will be the 80th man to lead the country in the longest form of the game. “I feel privileged, humbled and very excited.”

Root steps up from vice-captain, with Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes, 25, filling the role as his deputy.

“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,” added Root.

“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.”

No batsman has scored more than Root’s 4,594 runs since he made his Test debut in December 2012.

In the same time period, only India captain Virat Kohli has scored more runs than Root in all forms of international cricket.

“Joe is the right man to be our next Test captain and I’m thrilled that he has accepted the role,” said England director of cricket Andrew Strauss.

“He is universally respected by his team mates, passionate about driving the Test team forward and extremely excited about the prospect of leading his country.”


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