England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB ) has appointed Joe Root as the next captain of the England test team following Alastair Cook’s resignation from the post after horrid tour in India that saw the side lost 4-0 in the five-match series.
Root made his international debut in 2012 and quickly moved among the ranks to be established himself as the best batsman in the world in all forms of the game. He has scored 4594 runs in 53 Test matches played over a span of five years. Ben Stokes is appointed as vice-captain as he will serve as a deputy to new captain in terms of taking the team way forward.
Cook resignation was inevitable after side lost five games out of seven played in the subcontinent including the famous demise at Chittagong at the hands of Bangladesh to reach an all-time low in the subcontinent. England got hammered 4-0 by India to see cricket pundits and analyst calling for Cook to step down as captain of the test team. Interestingly, Alastair Cook started his captaincy tenure with a historic series win in India way back in 2012 but failed to live up to the expectations this time around.
Joe Root spoke to press and stated that it was indeed an honor to become the captain of England test team and he said he will look to continue lead to the side to better results in the coming years like his predecessors in Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss. Root was appointed as vice-captain of the test side since 2015.Cook would be pleased with his tenure as England captain having won two back to back Ashes series in England and winning a series in India and South Africa.The 5-0 whitewash against Australia down under will always low-point in his career as captain of test side. Cook led England in 59 games won 24 of them and lost 22 games during his 5 year reign at the top.