Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Joe Paving a Root to Glory as He Leads New Test Era

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Joe Paving a Root to Glory as He Leads New Test Era

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JOE Root is relishing the start of his tenure as England captain but knows his new role will impose a level of scrutiny he has never previously experienced.

He takes charge for the first time against South Africa at Lord's today having taken over from Alastair Cook.

Root's reign will begin, of course, with a feelgood mood at the Home of Cricket as he tries to kickstart a successful era.

"For it to finally come round has made it feel a little bit more real ... I just want to get out there," he said.

"It's been a very long wait, and for this week to finally come around and to get the squad working together has been fantastic.

"I'm very excited."

At 26, he will become England's 80th Test captain and will discover soon enough how long the honeymoon is likely to last. …

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