Joe Root (left) and Jonny Bairstow are also teammates at Yorkshire    Getty Images
Joe Root (left) and Jonny Bairstow are also teammates at Yorkshire Getty Images

We will see Joe Root calling the shots for England in the longest format for the first time. After Alastair Cook resigned from captaincy, England selectors placed Root at the helm. His first assignment as England captain will be the four-Test series against South Africa, starting July 6. He will be the 80th cricketer to captain the team. It will be the biggest moment of the 26-year-old’s career, which comprises of 4,594 runs at 52.80 from 53 Tests. Armed with class-apart technique, Root will be expected to emulate his batting genius in the leadership arena as well.

His England and Yorkshire teammate Jonny Bairstow said it will be a proud day for Root when he will walk on the field as the England captain. “It will be a very proud day for Joe, and he has a lot of good and very experienced people around him to bounce ideas off,” Bairstow told reporters.

“Joe himself has got fifty or so and I’m one of the guys with 30-odd Tests now. It’s exciting, and I am sure Joe will be putting his own stamp on the job and his own authority on it, while we as a side will be looking forward to playing under him,” added the wicketkeeper-batsman.

The first match will be played at Lord’s, followed by Nottingham, The Oval, and Manchester. While South Africa are placed at No. 3 in ICC Test Rankings, England are placed at No. 4.