Joe Root hopes to lead 'tougher' England to next level

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The 26-year-old was named as Alastair Cook's successor on Monday after being given the nod by the England and Wales Cricket Board over the likes of Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes. He is desperate to show how much it means for him to play for England. It is the way cricket is now and I would like to think I have started to try and think as a captain in my own mind anyway.

Speaking about his time in charge, Cook admitted that he should have taken on-board more advice from former players. 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. I'm really looking forward to just getting my teeth into it and putting my mark on things.

"I'd like to think that's how a lot of the guys will go about their business going forwards as well".

Because of his lack of captaincy experience, predicting what type of captain Root will be is hard.

With Cook back in the ranks as an opening batsman, Root is looking forward to making an impression on the team. Time will tell, however, if the demanding nature of the role may curb those attacking tendencies, particularly in the long-term.

While accepting that England - now fourth in the ICC Test rankings - were in something of a "transition", Stokes felt that Root was the ideal man to "take the team forward".

"I think he'll be a very good fit and natural leader as a senior player within the team". The inconsistency of the side over the past 18 months was perhaps to blame, an emphasis on the basics of Test match cricket required rather than anything more fanciful.

Root and Stokes will then take their team to Australia for the Ashes where they will look to banish painful memories from four years ago where they lost 5-0.

Root said he wanted to lead a "tough" winning side but one in which the players could "enjoy playing their cricket" and entertain.

"We need to win but also want to perform in a manner that makes fans want to come and watch us. Hopefully we can get that across in the way we play in the first few Test matches".

As for concerns about the captaincy affecting his form with the bat, Root is hoping to use it as a challenge to kick on to even greater run-scoring success.

Stokes also expressed his delight at his own appointment as England's vice-captain, but insisted the added responsibility will not change him on or off the pitch. Whatever happens in the next few years, it promises to be an enthralling journey.

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