Roooooooot!! England's new Test captain gets Twitter thumbs up


Joe Root's appointment as England's new Test captain was officially confirmed on Monday - a decision that met with widespread approval on social media.

A popular figure among team-mates and supporters alike, Root will become the 80th man to lead England in Tests, having being selected as the successor to Alastair Cook.

We take a look at how the promotion of the 26-year-old was received on Twitter.

Moeen Ali was among the first England players to react, in delightfully succinct fashion.

The familiar cry of 'Roooooooooot' was also used elsewhere.

Root's fresh-faced appearance is often commented on, but the batsman may not thank his county, Yorkshire, for sharing this selection of images - charting his lengthy association with the club.

Even Yorkshire's rivals felt the need to offer congratulations to England's new skipper.

Stuart Broad, meanwhile, took the opportunity to poke fun at Root's footballing ability, or lack thereof, as he congratulated his colleague.

Former England batsman Neil Fairbrother, now a leading cricket agent, welcomed the good news for Root and Ben Stokes, England's new vice-captain.

Kevin Pietersen may have had his problems with the last England captain, but he appears happy with Cook's successor.

There was also a message of support from an ex-England skipper in a different sport.