Joe Root has been named as the new Test captain of England, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Monday.
Yorkshire batsman Root, previously England's vice-captain, had been the overwhelming favourite to take over from Alastair Cook, who resigned as Test skipper last week after a national record 59 matches in charge.
Root, who made his England debut under Cook, is now widely regarded as England's leading batsman.
The ECB added all-rounder Ben Stokes would succeed Root as vice-captain of the Test side.
Cook, England's all-time leading Test run-scorer, is set to continue his England career, with Root also able to call upon the experience of senior fast bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad, as well as coach Trevor Bayliss.
"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," said Root. "The senior guys in the changing room play a very influential role -- and while there's a natural progression for me, it's a huge support to know that they are there to help and advise."
ECB director of England cricket Andrew Strauss, himself a former England captain, added: "Joe is the right man to be our next Test captain and I’m thrilled that he has accepted the role."
Root will have several months to prepare for his first match as captain given England's next Test does not start until July 6, when they face South Africa at Lord's.
England will be looking to bounce back after a difficult 2016 in Test cricket, with Cook resigning following a 4-0 series defeat in India at the end of last year.
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