Root Named Eng Test Captain
Joe Root said he felt “privileged, humbled and very excited” to be named England test cricket captain on Monday, replacing Alastair Cook who resigned last week after four and a half years in charge. Colin Graves, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), said in a statement that the Yorkshire batsman had been the perfect choice. Allrounder Ben Stokes was named vice-captain, the role previously held by Root. Root, 26, has scored 4,594 test runs since his debut in 2012 and will become England’s 80th test skipper with his first game in charge set to be against South Africa at Lord’s on July 6.