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Joe Root named new England cricket captain

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England have announced Joe Root as their new Test captain.

Confirmation of the 26-year-old Yorkshireman's appointment as the successor to Alastair Cook had been widely anticipated since Cook stepped down last week.

Cook resigned after a record 59-match tenure.

The England and Wales Cricket Board canvassed the opinion of several senior players first as well as interviewing the Yorkshireman before confirming him in the role.

It is a huge honour to be given the England Test captaincy. I feel privileged, humbled and very excited.

– Joe Root

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.

The role of Test captain is an honour and a responsibility which he thoroughly deserves.

When I spoke to him last night you could feel the excitement and sense the pride – he can’t wait to get started.

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.

– Colin Graves, ECB chairman