Ben Stokes has been named England's Test vice-captain
Despite near universal approval for the promotion of Root to the main job, the decision to make Stokes his deputy raised eyebrows in some quarters with respected voices concerned it might dilute the fire he brings to the Test side.
However, true to form, Stokes took aim at such fears yesterday and batted them clean into the stands, reassuringly insisting that stripes on his shoulder will not dim the flames or turn him into a choirboy overnight.
“Everything I do is to win and being vice-captain won't change me as a person or as a player,” said Stokes. “I want to be involved in all aspects of the game whether it's hitting the winning runs or taking the final wicket.
“I have always wanted to be in the middle of it.“
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Stokes is the archetype of a three-dimensional modern cricketer and as such is rarely away from the spotlight.
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He remains one of the most exciting talents to have played for England yet the oft-used soubriquet 'fiery' is also well earned.
At 25 he has a history already littered with run-ins, mostly with other players but occasionally authority and that high-octane style on the pitch has been mirrored off it at times.
Perhaps the most obvious example came in 2013 when he was sent back home from a Lions tour of Australia – along with Kent bowler Matt Coles – by England head coach Andy Flower for persistently flouting late night curfews.
But the following year he missed a Test series against Sri Lanka after breaking a bone in his wrist punching a locker at the Kensington Oval following a first ball duck in an ODI.
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Stokes has been in the England Test side since 2013
Back in the Caribbean in 2015 he also had some dust-ups with the odious but undoubtedly talented Marlon Samuels which culminated in Stokes being given a memorable military salute send-off.
And last winter he became engaged in spats with Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman then sailed close to serious disciplinary sanction when using abusive language and gestures towards India captain Virat Kohli in the third Test in Mohali.
Both Andrew Strauss and head coach Trevor Bayliss are understood to be keen to target not harness his irrepressible energy and the feeling is that Root will be able to do just that.
Stokes was understandably full of praise for his new captain .
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But he also gave an insight into the direction the pair have been charged with taking the side over the course of the next few years. By the sounds of it, there will not be many backward steps.
“We have the same direction of where we want to take the team,“ he said. “Every team goes through transition but I hope we can be influential in taking this team forward. Cooky [Alastair Cook] started us on that path, Rooty was part of it and now we can carry that on.
“Test cricket is the pinnacle and we need people to fall in love with it again. We need to win but we want to perform in a manner that makes people want to come and watch us.”
Root and Stokes are separated by just a year and have grown up together playing age-group cricket, Lions and now with England's senior set up in all three formats.
While both were interviewed for the main job Stokes is more than happy with the way the cards flopped.
“He is a colleague but he is also a close mate and I was chuffed to bits for him. I couldn't be more pleased,” said the all-rounder. “I always believed that Rooty was going to be captain – he is the right person and the best person to do it.
“Getting the news that I was going to be his vice-captain made me ecstatic – it is a real honour.
“It is supporting Rooty but it is also the recognition from him and the people at the top of the ECB. It has been a good couple of years for me since getting back into the team. Everything has gone up and up.”