The premier England batsman is all set to take over the reins of English cricket team after Alastair Cook stepped down from his captaincy role, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Monday.
Andrew Strauss, the team director, selected Root for this role after his detail interview and subsequent consultation with other senior players of the team.
“It is a huge honour to be given the Test captaincy,” said Root, who made his Test debut in December 2012 and was chosen as the vice-captain to Alastair Cook in 2015. “I feel privileged, humbled and very excited.”
It is understood that Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes were also considered for England’s captaincy and were interviewed. Ben Stokes was named deputy to former vice-captain Root.
Colin Graves, Chairman of the ECB, also expressed his excitement over this decision, “Joe Root is the perfect choice for England Test captain and I’m delighted that he has accepted the role and will now help to take the team to the next level.”
“The senior guys in the changing room play a very influential role and, whilst there’s a natural progression for me, it’s a huge support to know that they are there to help and advice,” said Root.
“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.”
Root has played 53 matches and has amassed 4594 runs with a batting average of 52.80 and has 11 hundreds to his name. He is considered to be a modern-day great and is one of very few batsmen on the globe who are supremely consistent across formats. He forms the part of the modern generation Fab Four along with Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson and Steven Smith.
“Joe is the right man to be our next Test captain and I’m thrilled that he has accepted the role,” said England director of cricket Andrew Strauss.”He is universally respected by his team mates, passionate about driving the Test team forward and extremely excited about the prospect of leading his country.”
Joe Root has little captaincy credentials in domestic cricket but his rich experience and cricketing knowledge hold him in a good stead and his ideas are expected to bring freshness to the squad. Moreover, he would have by his side the experienced troika of Cook, Anderson and Broad for guidance and suggestions.
Root will begin his new chapter against South Africa in July in a home series followed by a touring West Indies in August.