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Joe Root appointed as England’s New Test Captain

Joe Root vows to drive England on after being named captain

English Cricket Board (ECB) announce Joe Root as Test Captain following Cook’s stepping down as captain. While Ben Stokes is appointed as Vice Captain.

Joe Root described himself as feeling “privileged” and said he would look to build on the work of his predecessor, Alastair Cook, after his appointment as England’s Test captain on Monday ushered in a new era for the national side.

“It is a huge honour to be given the England Test captaincy,” said Root, who is the 80th man to hold the position and the 10th Yorkshire player to do so. “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 play a very influential role and, while there’s a natural progression for me, it’s a huge support to know that they are there to help and advise.”

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