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Joe Root Appointed As England Vice-Captain

Joe Root Appointed As England Vice-Captain
Joe Root has been chosen as the vice-captain of the England Test side by the Director of England Cricket Andrew Strauss.
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Young middle-order batsman Joe Root has been chosen to replace Ian Bell as the vice-captain of the England Test side by the Director of England Cricket Andrew Strauss.

Strauss feels that it’s the ideal time to initiate leadership challenges for Root who has been in tremendous form with the willow over the past one year.

"It's the right time for Joe Root to take more of a leadership position and I've asked him to be the new vice-captain of the team," Strauss told Sky Sports.

"He's got outstanding leadership capabilities and we need him to start thinking more as a captain.”

While Root’s elevation comes as a refreshing decision, Strauss insisted that the decision had nothing to do with the Bell’s performances.

Strauss was all praise for Bell’s contribution as Alastair Cook’s deputy but feels that it’s the right phase to groom Root.

"It's in no way a reflection on the job Ian Bell has done.

“He has been excellent in that role by all accounts, but it's time for Joe to step up in that regard."

Apart from making changes in England’s squad, Strauss has called for amendments into the national team’s strategies for various formats of the game.

Explaining his view on the topic, Strauss feels that a distribution of workload for players across the formats will be ideal for reaping success.

"It is my belief that we need far more separation between the Test and one-day side going forward, that's going to give us the flexibility to play very differently in one-day cricket and we all know that's what we need to do," Strauss added.

"We've got to do things differently, look at things differently and come up with new ideas.

“In order to do that, I think we will benefit from a specialised one-day captain."

The 38-year-old maintained that Eoin Morgan will continue to lead England in the shorter formats despite the World Cup debacle earlier this year.

Heaping praises on Morgan’s skills, Strauss opined that it was unfair to judge the left-hander’s captaincy within such a short span of time.

"Eoin Morgan took over that role for the World Cup and I think it's very harsh to judge him on what went on in that campaign.

"He's an excellent candidate to lead England in one-day and Twenty20 cricket.

“He's playing these Twenty20 competitions all around the world and is gaining knowledge from different sources and he can apply that to the England team."

Meanwhile speculations are rife regarding England’s next coach with former Australian pacer and Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie reportedly being a frontrunner in the race.

Strauss confirmed the reports and stated that Gillespie has a strong chance of becoming Moores’ successor.

However, the former England captain asserted that a final call will be taken only after a lengthy analysis of the numerous candidates.

"He's one of the candidates, absolutely.

"At the moment, I have just been concerning myself with the process and how we go about it.

“Over the next few days, we'll start approaching candidates.

"I need to go and meet them, speak to them and see their philosophy on cricket, their philosophy on coaching and whether it's aligned with what I think is in the best interests of England cricket.”

Assistant coach Paul Farbrace has been appointed as the interim coach of the England side for the home series against New Zealand.

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