England New Test Captain Joe Root
Question in detailEngland's new Test captain: Alastair Cook stepped down as Test captain last week after serving his country for around four and a half year. During his tenure, Cook captained his team in a record 59 Tests. A 4-0 defeat to India in Nov-Dec 2016 put Cook under fire. While many were expecting the latter to continue the leadership for a few more series onwards, Cook had nothing to justify his recent failure in India. Cook's resign left millions guessing who will become England's new Test captain.
Amongst the most proposed names to claim England's Test captaincy had been Joe Root. On bygone Monday, England's Director of Cricket Andrew Strauss put paid to the speculations doing the rounds for a couple of days after Alastair Cook called it a day as England's Test captain. And the man to replace him, as anticipated, is none other than 26-year old Joe Root. Now, everyone will by eagerly waiting for Joe Root's first series as Test captain to see how he fares with new job and responsibilities.
Joe Root has been appointed as England's new Test captain, succeeding former Alastair Cook. After Root undertaking new responsibilities, England's cricket team vacates the position of vice-captain. And the frontrunner for the job is Ben Stokes. As a captain, Root has an experience of mere four first-class matches. Given the fact, his ability to hold the top job in England's cricket team is under doubt.
The appointment was highly anticipated. Despite being named as the captain, Root will have to wait for around five months for his first assignment. Joe Root's first series as Test captain is five months away. We are well aware of the fact that Root is a complete batsman blessed with the ability to score across conditions. His batting ability is beyond doubt; he is a class batsman across formats. But, Root's captaincy skills will undergo a test when England hosts South Africa in July 2017.
Is Joe Root an apt alternative to former English captain Alastair Cook?