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Joe Root named England test captain

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 00:58

Joe root says he feels ''privileged, humbled and very excited'' to be named as England's test captain after Alastair Cook stood down from the role earlier this month. Iain Axon reports.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: WE HAVE RE-ISSUED THE ABOVE VOICED EDIT, AMENDING STATEMENTS THAT JOE ROOT WAS SENT HOME FROM ENGLAND A'S 2013 TOUR TO AUSTRALIA, AND MISSED THE 2014 T20 WORLD CUP AFTER PUNCHING A LOCKER. THESE STATEMENTS REFER TO VICE CAPTAIN BEN STOKES Just four years after making his debut on the international stage, Joe Root was announced as captain of England's test team on Monday (February 13). The Yorkshire batsman named as Alastair Cook's replacement after Cook resigned last week having skippered the side for a record 59 tests. The 26 year-old, who becomes the 80th man to lead England in the test arena, described the new role as a "huge honour". Root has scored 4,594 runs since his debut, including 11 test centuries - pushing him to number three in the world's test batting rankings. In making the announcement, director of England cricket Andrew Strauss said Root is the "right man to be our next test captain" and is "universally respected by his team mates". Joining him is all-rounder Ben Stokes, who steps up as vice-captain. The first test for the new pair will come this summer, when England host South Africa and the West Indies, before the team travels to Australia at the end of the year to try to retain the Ashes.

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Joe Root named England test captain

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 00:58