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An­drew Gale

We are all im­mensely proud of him at York­shire. He be­lieved he had the tal­ent and abil­ity from a young age and he’s al­ways thrived un­der pres­sure. The tough thing about Eng­land cap­taincy is you have to learn on the job and he’ll be thrown straight into it, but he’ll learn a lot about him­self over the next few years.

Michael Vaughan

In terms of his per­son­al­ity and men­tal­ity, he’s ab­so­lutely ready.You look at the way he’s im­proved his game over the last few years by be­ing ded­i­cated and he’s al­ways try­ing to get bet­ter and bet­ter every day. I’d think that’s what he’s go­ing to de­mand from his team. The team bet­ter be ready for long train­ing ses­sions and he’ll prod them reg­u­larly to make sure they keep im­prov­ing.

David ‘Bum­ble’ Lloyd

If you are look­ing for com­par­isons on what you can ex­pect of Joe, the ob­vi­ous one is Vi­rat Kohli. When Kohli is cap­tain­ing you could as­sign a cam­era on him and it would keep you en­ter­tained. In the same way your eyes will be drawn to Joe. And he will en­cour­age his team to have fun.The dress­ing room un­der Cook was jolly. I an­tic­i­pate it be­ing ex­actly the same un­der Root, plus 10 per cent.

Steve Waugh

The tim­ing is right, par­tic­u­larly with an Ashes around the cor­ner. It gives him a bit of time to set­tle into the role and have the ex­pec­ta­tion of an Ashes series, which is pretty all-en­com­pass­ing for a cap­tain. Root is the type of guy that likes the ex­tra re­spon­si­bil­ity and then when he’s got ex­tra fo­cus on be­ing a leader it can mo­ti­vate him to play even bet­ter. If I was a bet­ting man I would say his av­er­age will go up.

Graeme Swann

I’m still not con­vinced Root is the right man for the job. I want him to con­cen­trate on be­ing the best player we have ever had, rather than hav­ing his tal­ent curbed by the pres­sures of cap­taincy. He has tried to be more sen­si­ble lately, but part of his cheeky chappy per­sona makes him the player he is, and I don’t want to see that taken away.

Ja­son Gillespie

It re­minds me of the 1980s, where we had the four great all-rounders – Ian Botham, Richard Hadlee, Kapil Dev and Im­ran Khan – all com­pet­ing on the world stage. This decade we’ve got four great bats­men in Joe Root, Steve Smith, Vi­rat Kohli and Kane Williamson and with them now all lead­ing their coun­tries, to me it seems a sim­i­larly ex­cit­ing time to be a cricket fan.

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