BREAKING NEWS: Root confirmed as new England Test captain

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Joe Root has been officially confirmed as England's new Test captain, a week on from Alastair Cook's resignation.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced the expected promotion of Root, who had served as vice-captain to Cook, on Monday.

Root's first match in charge will not come until July, when England host South Africa at Lord's in the first of four Tests.

The 26-year-old - firmly established as his country's leading batsman - will be assisted by all-rounder Ben Stokes.

In an ECB media release, Root said: "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 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 advise."


ECB chairman Colin Graves added: "Joe is the perfect choice for England Test captain. I'm delighted that he has accepted the role and will now help to take the team to the next level.

"When I spoke to him last night [Sunday] you could feel the excitement and sense the pride - he can't wait to get started.

"Joe is a fine player and a fine person who has the respect of the players, the selectors and all at the ECB. He also has a changing room with experienced players and leaders who will support him from the start."

England director of cricket Andrew Strauss, himself a former Test skipper, confirmed he had consulted several members of the team before a decision was finalised.

"Joe is the right man to be our next Test captain and I'm thrilled that he has accepted the role," said Strauss.

"After Alastair Cook stepped down last week, the selectors and I engaged in the proper process to appoint his successor. Following informal and formal conversations with members of the Test team at the end of the week, the offer was put to Joe and he accepted immediately.

"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.

"I'm also delighted that Ben Stokes will take over from Joe as vice-captain of the team. He has real presence and influence within the team environment that serve as a great source of support for Joe. I have no doubts that the responsibility will also help Ben to continue his rapid rise as a world class all-rounder."