Joe Root insists England captaincy is not premature


I think it's very different cricket, test cricket to county championship cricket.

Newly-appointed England Test skipper Joe Root has dismissed concerns over a lack of captaincy experience, insisting he has been serving an apprenticeship for the top job for years.

"We need people to fall in love with it (cricket) again", said Stokes.

"We've done some very special things as a Test team over the last five years or so, and Cooky has been a fantastic leader, but I think with the group of players we've got now, it's a great opportunity to take the team to the next level".

"I've got a lot of experience now with 50-odd games under my belt and I'd like to think for the past few years I have started to think as a captain in my own mind, so if Cooky ever needed help or advice or the bowlers came up to me and asked what I thought then I was switched on enough to think "this is what I'd do". "I think that's important but I want the team to be tough and I want us to win".

Ben Stokes wants the public to fall in love with England again, promising an entertaining brand of cricket after Joe Root's appointment as Test captain.

Ben Stokes said that he is ecstatic on being roped in as the captain of the Test side but at the same he said that it won't change him as a person or player.

"When you have a captain for all formats you [can] nearly inevitably start sleep-walking from one format to the other - so I still think there's great value in having those two captains", said Strauss. He is a colleague but also a close mate and I was chuffed to bits for him.

"I don't think you should be scared of asking for help on occasions but for the most part I like to think I'll be able to put my stamp on things and do things my way". He has that and respect goes a long way. It is England vice-captain, it is supporting Rooty, but it is also the recognition from him and the people at the top of the European Central Bank. I think he'll let me go about it and do things my way but he'll be there to offer help and advice if need be.

He said: "On Sunday afternoon I had just taken Alfie for nappy changing and I got a nice call from Andrew saying "this is the one call you get in your life.we'd like you to take the role". Hopefully, it'll be a natural progression in to this role and I'm just really excited now about all the challenges that are coming way over the next few months and beyond".

"Being vice-captain I will have to bring a mental and supportive side too".