England appoints Root as test captain in place of Cook

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 13, 2017

LONDON (AP) Joe Root has been appointed England test cricket captain.

The 26-year-old Root replaces Alastair Cook, who resigned last week after 4+ years and a record 59 tests in charge.

Root's first assignment will be a four-test home series against South Africa starting in July. England then takes on the West Indies in a three-test series before flying to Australia for the Ashes.