Joe Root announced England Test captain

Joe Root will be the 80th player to captain England in Tests
Joe Root will be the 80th player to captain England in Tests

England have announced Joe Root as the new Test captain following Alastair Cook's decision to step down from the role last week.

The 26-year-old was already the vice-captain of the team and has led the team on numerous occasions when Cook had left the field. The Yorkshire batsman had a phenomenal 2015 and is the highest ranked Test batsman for England.

Earlier, Cook also backed Root to take over the reins as he believes the additional responsibility will only make him an even better batsman.

Root will have the assistance of Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has been named as his deputy.

England's next Test series will be after five months when they host South Africa and Root is looking forward to the new role.

"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."

Following Cook's decision to resign from captaincy, England and Wales Cricket Board Director of Cricket Andrew Strauss had conversation with various candidates including Stuart Broad and he believes the right choice has been made.

"Joe is the right man to be our next Test Captain and I’m thrilled that he has accepted the role.

“After Alastair Cook stepped down last week, the Selectors and I engaged in the proper process to appoint his successor. Following informal and formal conversations with members of the Test team at the end of the week, the offer was put to Joe and he accepted immediately.

“Joe has shown a number of admirable qualities in his Test career so far. Making his debut in 2012 at the age of 21 and going on to establish himself as one of the premier batsmen in all forms of the game in such a short period of time demonstrates his drive, determination, cricketing intelligence and an ability to learn that will serve him well in his new role.

“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."

Root now is set to become the 80th player to captain England in the Test format.

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