The new England captain Joe Root has said that he wants to develop a “tough” England team that he can take to the next level.
Root said that he didn’t hesitate before accepting the position and replaced Alastair Cook and that he now hopes to drive the team further forward.
Speaking to Sky Sports Root said, “I’m extremely proud and privileged to get the opportunity to lead this group of players. It was a no-brainer that I was always going to say yes to the job and I am now just really looking forward to all the challenges that lie ahead.”
He said that he admires the way the one-day side has improved in recent times and that he wants to bring the same thing to the Test arena. He added that with the current group of players he thinks that there is a “great opportunity” to take the team to the next level.
Root was Cook’s vice-captain for the past two years and Root insists that Cook will still play a “massive” part in the team. The new vice-captain will be Ben Stokes.
Speaking about Stokes, Root said, “He is very passionate. You can see that already in what he has said about being given the role. He is desperate to show how much it means for him to play for England.”
He thinks that they will complement each other well and that he will work well with Stokes’ “fiery” temperament.
Root also said that he hopes the captaincy will allow him to take his batting to the next level. He said that he hopes to be like Steve Smith and Virat Kohli who have benefited from the captaincy.
Overall Root insists that he isn’t daunted at all but rather excited by the opportunities the job will bring.