Root Named Eng Test Cap­tain

The Economic Times - - Sports: The Great Games -

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.

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