Joe Root confident of succeeding as England Test captain

England's Joe Root poses ahead of the press conference
England's Joe Root poses ahead of the press conference

Newly appointed England Test captain Joe Root expressed confidence of achieving success in his new role.

The 26-year-old was selected as the skipper following Alastair Cook's decision to step down and Root insisted that even though he will seek help from his seniors, he would like to stamp his own authority in his new role.

The Yorkshire batsman also described leading England team in Test cricket as the highest honour.

"It feels amazing," Root said to Sky Sports.

"I think as a young kid when you're growing up you always aspire to be England captain. It's sort of the pinnacle of the test arena isn't it?

"It would be silly not to take advice from Alastair and the other senior players, but I will want to do things my way as well.

"You shouldn't be scared of asking for help, but I would also like to think I can put my stamp on it."

Root also clarified that he will work closely with Cook in the coming days to discuss the course of action.

"We've exchanged a few text messages," Root said.

"He's tried to let me have a bit of space for now but I think we'll definitely be in contact over the next few days.

"One thing that Cookie will naturally do is let me go about things my way. He's a very respectful bloke."

Root has been in phenomenal form and is currently the highest ranked England batsman in Tests and there were concerns raised on whether he has been assigned the additional responsibility early in his career.

However, the former England Under-19 revealed that his role in the last 18-months as deputy of Cook will benefit him in the decision making process.

"I think I've played 50-odd test matches now," he added.

"The experience in that arena counts for a lot. I think it's very different cricket, test cricket to county championship cricket.

"Over the last couple of years I've had the added responsibility of the vice-captaincy.

"For a while now, I'd like to think that even though I haven't been captain I've been trying to think like a captain as much as possible to try and help Cookie out."

England's next Test assignment will be in July when they host South Africa for a four-match series.

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