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13-Feb-2017 10:56:00 GMT
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Root named new England Test captain

London: Batsman Joe Root succeeds Alastair Cook as England Test captain, with all-rounder Ben Stokes promoted to vice-captain, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Monday.

Yorkshire batsman Root, previously England's vice-captain, had been the overwhelming favourite to replace Alastair Cook ever since the Essex opener resigned as Test skipper after a national record 59 matches in charge last week.

Root, who made his England debut under Cook, is now widely regarded as England's leading batsman.

"It is a huge honour to be given the England Test captaincy," the 26-year-old Root said in an ECB statement. "I feel privileged, humbled and very excited."

The ECB added all-rounder Ben Stokes would succeed Root as vice-captain of the Test side.

Cook, England's all-time leading Test run-scorer, is set to continue his career in the five-day game, with Root also able to call upon the experience of senior fast bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad, as well as coach Trevor Bayliss and assistant Paul Farbrace.

No batsman has scored more than Root's 4,594 runs since he made his Test debut in December 2012.

In the same time period, only India captain Virat Kohli has scored more runs than Root in all forms of international cricket.

Cook resigned on 6 February after a record 59 Tests at the helm.

Before the tour of India at the end of last year, the 32-year-old opener said he was looking forward to not being captain.

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