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Joe Root to be next England Test captain

Joe Root had made his debut for England under Alastair Cook's captaincy. Photograph: (AFP)

New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 13, 2017, 11.27 AM (IST)

Joe Root has been announced as the new captain of England's Test team.

The right-handed batsman, who viewed as one of the best batsmen of the current generation, will succeed Alastair Cook, who stepped down from the captaincy last week.

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

All-rounder Ben Stokes will Root's new deputy.

Root started his Test career under Cook's captaincy against India in December 2012.

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.

"We have a very good group of players, and I'm looking forward to leading them out in the summer -- building on Alastair's achievements and making the most of our talents in the years ahead," said Root.

"The senior guys in the changing room play a very influential role - and while there's a natural progression for me, it's a huge support to know that they are there to help and advise."

(WION with inputs from AFP)

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