Joe Root will be Alastair Cook's successor as England Test captain

Alastair Cook has taken his decision to step down as England captain for the good of the team

Root, who is now ranked the world's third-best Test batsman, will lead England for a home series against South Africa before his side travels to Australia for The Ashes later in the year.

"It is a huge honour to be given the England Test captaincy", said Root.

Ben Stokes is expected to be named vice-captain as the new generation of England players takes over formal leadership roles.

The Yorkshire batsman, who has an average score of nearly 53 runs in 53 Tests, will be officially confirmed at his home ground of Headingley on Wednesday, with Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes named as his vice-captain.

England do not play their next Test match until meeting South Africa at Lord's in July, when Root will become the 80th man to lead the country in the longest form of the game. England lost the Test series by 4-0.

Cook, 32, resigned on February 6 after captaining England for a record 59 tests.

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But Strauss was in no doubt Root, whom he said had accepted "immediately" after he was asked to be England captain last week, was the right man for the job.

"I thought Cooky was very wise to take his time and not make an emotional decision".

"We've played under a couple of defensive captains in Andrew Strauss and Cook."As for Root's reputation as a "cheeky" cricketer, Hussain said: "Don't be fooled by the boyish smile...he likes to joke around but there's a very serious side to Joe Root as we've seen in his cricket".

During Cook's reign, England registered a Test series win against India in India after 28 years while they won the Ashes at home in 2013 and 2015.

He added: "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". I think England cricket fans will be saying "yeah we love his captaincy but we want him to continue scoring runs". Root's position has been confirmed for Test matches only.

England had a disappointing tour of India as they lost in all the formats of the game. After Alastair Cook stepped down last week, the Selectors and I engaged in the proper process to appoint his successor.

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