Joe Root is the new England Test cricket captain but Nasser Hussain knows he must still score runs
Root, 26, was today confirmed as the successor to Alastair Cook, who resigned earlier this month, with all-rounder Ben Stokes given the vice-captaincy.
And Nasser Hussain, who spent four years and 45 Test matches in charge of the England side, believes Root must ensure he does not lose his way with the bat despite the added pressure of leadership.
"I would give Joe two bits of advice if I could," Hussain told Sky Sports.
Joe Root will have Ben Stokes as his vice-captain in the England Test side
"Firstly, do it your way because when it goes wrong it will be you that takes the blame.
"And the second thing is: look after your batting.
"That is the most important thing.
"Captaincy goes very well and you feel brilliant when you're getting runs and contributing.
"When you're such a fine player as Joe Root is, an England cricket fan will be saying 'yes, we love his captaincy but we want him to continue scoring runs as well'."
Root has already scored more than 8,000 runs for England across all three formats, with 4,594 of those coming in Test matches.
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He is list at No 3 in the world batting rankings behind Steve Smith and Virat Kohli, each of whom captain Australia and India respectively.
And Hussain appears confident that Root will rise to the challenge just as his two rivals have even though he has had limited chances to shine in the role before.
"You never know how good they'll be until they do it – these guys don't have much captaincy experience because they're on the road with England so much," Hussain added.
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"Root has captained Yorkshire a little bit when Andrew Gale has been absent in the past but he ticks pretty much every box going into the role."
Root's first match as Test captain will come at Lord's against South Africa on July 6.