Steve Waugh backs decision to hand England captaincy to Root


England have made the right choice in appointing Joe Root as Alastair Cook's successor, according to former Australia captain Steve Waugh.

Cook's record-breaking reign as England captain came to an end earlier this month after leading the Test side on 59 occasions, the recent capitulation in India bringing his time as skipper to an end.

Root was widely tipped to succeed the 32-year-old and a week later was duly installed as the man to lead England - his first match in charge will be against South Africa in July.

There will then be an Ashes series in Australia to negotiate, and Waugh believes the Yorkshire batsman was the only man for the job.

"He's the right man for the job, he's a world class player," said the former Australian skipper.

"He seems like an inspirational guy, he'll be a leader like [India's] Virat Kohli or [Australia's] Steve Smith. He'll play positive cricket.

"Alastair Cook did a fantastic job but you could just see it [the captaincy] was wearing him down, and once that happens you've got to move on and pass the baton on.

"I think the timing is pretty good, particularly with the Ashes series coming up, it gives him a little bit of time to settle into the role and prepare for an Ashes series - which is pretty all encompassing for a captain. 

"He'll be able to handle it though, he's the type of guy who thrives on responsibility."

And Waugh had some advice for the new skipper as he prepares for the biggest role within the England team - "stay true to yourself".

"Just because you're captain doesn't mean you change your personality and who you are," he added.

"You have obviously got to modify things a little bit because you are always looked upon and there are cameras on you constantly and everything gets exaggerated, but if I was him I would be playing the same way I have always done, be yourself and find your own way as a captain.

"There is no point captaining like Alastair Cook, he has to captain like Joe Root.

"He's got a great technique so can handle most situations and, when you have got the extra focus of being the leader, it can motivate certain types of players to play even better."