Here are few facts you need to know about Root:
- Root first played for England in 2012 and has now scored more Test runs than any other batsman in the world!
- Root has scored 4,594 Test runs since he made his debut in 2012 and has been vice-captain since May 2015.
- In 2012, Root was named the Cricket Writer’s Club Young Player of the Year.
- The right-handed batsman from Yorkshire has already had some practice at the top level. He became England’s vice-captain in 2015.
- Root becomes the second youngest Test captain in world cricket, behind West Indies’s Jason Holder, and takes charge of an England team beaten 4-0 in India before Christmas and languishing at fifth in the world rankings.
- In 2014, Root became the first Yorkshire batsman to hit an ODI hundred at Headingley, with India at the receiving end.
In reality he was the only candidate to take over from Cook, who resigned last week burnt out by the burdens of the job after four years in charge of the team. Andrew Strauss, the team director, took his time over the appointment meeting Root in person on Thursday and consulting other senior players. Strauss also appointed Ben Stokes as vice-captain on Monday.
“It is a huge honour to be given the England Test captaincy,” said Root. “I feel privileged, humbled and very excited.