Joe Root has been named the new Test captain of England Cricket Team, The Telegraph revealed. It has been reported that Root accepted the responsibility after being interviewed by Andrew Strauss. The England Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced the decision Monday morning and it is expected that Root will hold his first conference as the Test skipper on Wednesday. Ben Stokes is expected to be named as the vice-captain.
Strauss met with Root last Thursday along with James Whitaker, the chairman of selectors, and spoke on a conference call with Trevor Bayliss, the England coach, who is in Australia. Root had been touted as a future captain and was appointed as the Test vice-captain in 2015.
Root, who has played 53 Tests so far, faced competition from all-rounder Ben Stokes and senior fast bowler Stuart Broad. Other senior players James Anderson, Moeen Ali and Jos Buttler were also considered. The player interviews were conducted by director Andrew Strauss and Whitaker.
Alastair Cook had already signalled his decision to step down as the captain of the Test side during England’s recent tour to India. However, the board had asked him to think over the matter and take a decision after the conclusion of the series. Cook announced his decision last Monday.
Root’s first assignment as the skipper will be against the mighty South Africa team at home. The four-Test series is followed by three Tests against the West Indies and then the Ashes, which starts in November.
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