Joe Root’s reign as England Test captain finally begins at Lord’s tomorrow (July 6). His appointment as Alastair Cook’s successor was announced back in February and in between times, England’s focus has been on the white ball and the Champions Trophy. Now, nearly five months later, it is finally Root’s moment.
He is currently ranked third in the world – but the position of the England team is not. They may be fourth in the ICC’s world rankings but they lost eight Tests last year, a run which contributed to Cook’s resignation, and the team has a number of weaknesses, notably in the batting and spin departments, that need to be improved upon.
“It’s been a very long wait,” Root said. “To finally get the opportunity to get the squad together and have three very good days has been fantastic. The boys have prepared very well. The way they have gone about these last two days in practice has been excellent and we feel very ready now to go out tomorrow and hopefully perform very well.”