Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Adventurous Root Will Go on the Attack When He's Handed the Reins

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Adventurous Root Will Go on the Attack When He's Handed the Reins

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Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent

JOE ROOT is keen to press ahead with the attacking style of cricket favoured by England coach Trevor Bayliss if he succeeds Alastair Cook as Test captain.

Root's appointment is expected to be confirmed before the limited-overs tour of West Indies later this month, though the 26-year-old will have to wait until July, when England face South Africa at Lord's in the opening Test of the summer, to take the reins.

Though Root has little competitive captaincy experience and was given the nickname 'Craptain' by Yorkshire team-mates after a surprise defeat by Middlesex at Lord's in 2014 he has strong ideas about the game.

The expectation among senior England players is that Root will encourage his players to take the attacking option. England suffered eight Test defeats in 2016, at times appearing to have little idea of how to bat defensively and secure a draw.

Standard Sport understands there would be no change of mindset under Root. During the 4-0 series defeat in India, there appeared to be a slight conflict between Cook and Bayliss, with the former encouraging a cautious approach while Bayliss asked for more adventure. Similar differences of opinion between Bayliss and Root are highly unlikely.

Though Root was not necessarily identified as captaincy material earlier in life, "it was never enough for him just to be a batsman," Martyn Moxon, the former Yorkshire captain who is now director of cricket at Headingley, told Standard Sport.

"He has always been someone who talked to bowlers about how we could win matches. He did that from a very early age and it has continued.

"He is a natural leader. He has the ability to show authority without being too autocratic. He has a nice way about him: he can be one of the lads, but he is also able to maintain that authority with it. …

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