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Joe Root appointed as England captain
Article posted: 13 February 2017

Joe Root has been appointed as England's new Test captain, replacing Alasdair Cook.

The 26-year-old will take charge for the first time against South Africa at Lord's in July, four and a half years after his Test debut, and Ben Stokes has been appointed as his vice captain.

Joe, who was appointed vice captain in December 2015 and has made 53 Test appearances, is delighted to have been chosen for the new role. 

“It is a huge honour to be given the England Test captaincy," Joe 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 said: "Joe Root 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.

“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."

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