Joe Root is set to replace Alastair Cook as England Test cricket captain
Alastair Cook first captained the side for two Tests in Bangladesh in 2009 and spent nearly five years as the official captain of the Test side between 2012 and 2017.
Root, 26, is just a year younger than his predecessor was when he took the reins on a permanent basis for a tour of India, during which the Yorkshireman made his Test debut.
And now the highly-rated batsman has been installed as the 80th man to lead England in Tests and the youngest since Mike Atherton took over in 1993.
England's top 10 overseas Test victories
Wed, December 30, 2015
Express Sport takes a look at England's 10 best overseas Test victories
Patrick Eagar via Getty Images
1 of 10
England headed to Sydney with the 2010-11 Ashes in the bag but a series win was at stake. Hundreds from Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and Matt Prior set up a total of 644 before the seamers forced the tourists to an innings win
Root is thought to have met director of cricket and former captain Andrew Strauss last week and been offered the role before England confirmed the appointment this morning along with Ben Stokes' move into the vice-captaincy.
The talismanic batsman has already been backed by Cook to lead the side a number of times, most notably back in December when he hinted that he might be ready to step aside.
“I think Joe Root’s ready to captain England,” Cook said.
“You never know until you actually experience it, because of everything that goes with the England captaincy.
Get Quotes on Home Insurance
"You’re thrown in at the deep end and you either sink or swim.
"Nothing can really prepare you for it.
Joe Root already has more than 8,000 international runs for England
Alastair Cook admitted when he resigned that the England captaincy had drained him
“But he’s ready because he’s a clued-on guy and he’s got the respect of everyone in the changing room.
"He hasn’t got much captaincy experience, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a very good captain."