Joe Root insists he is ready for the challenge of being England's new cricket captain
There will certainly be plenty of what more politely might be termed 'difficult times', even for a man as talented as Root.
But the 80th England Test captain insisted yesterday that he was looking forward to the challenges the increased responsibility will present and maintained he believed it can help him elevate his game to the next level.
Root, 26, chose the familiar surroundings of Headingley for his official unveiling – a move which allowed him a shorter commute from Sheffield and the chance to spend a few more hours with his one-month old son Alfie.
"I was actually changing Alfie at the time which was quite a strange dynamic, I remember getting the call and Andrew Strauss saying 'it's the one call you get once in your life where we'd like to offer you the captaincy,'" he said.
"He asked me if I needed a bit of time to think about it but straight away I said 'no, I'm pretty sure I want to do this'. It was a nice moment and nice to do it at home with my family all together."
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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 has had just three days to think about his new status as successor to Alastair Cook and while that is no time to work out the details, he made confident sounds as he laid down the first outlines yesterday.
First and foremost he said he wanted to be "a winning captain" setting himself the target of emerging with three victories from his first three series in charge – against South Africa and West Indies at home and then Australia next winter.
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But he also addressed the prospect of how the burden of captaincy might affect his own form, admitting the challenge was to increase his already impressive statistics.
"All I can do is prepare exactly as I have been when it comes to my batting," he said.
"But I like to think that, in the past, the more responsibility I've been given I've stepped up to that and taken it in my stride.
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"Looking around the world, other guys in a similar position to me have taken similar responsibility and taken their game to the next level, so I'd like to think if I go about it the right way I'll be able to do the same thing."
India captain Virat Kohli has seen his average go through the ceiling since assuming the captaincy – rocketing from 41 to over 67. And Aussie skipper Steve Smith has boosted his from 51 to 73.
"I look at Kohli and Smith and I have to look at it as an opportunity for me," said Root. "It's a great motivator to make sure I do everything I can to get my batting in the best place possible and set the example for the rest of the guys in the team."
Root admitted to limited experience as captain – just four first-class matches with Yorkshire and a handful of passages of play when Cook has been off the field since he became vice captain in May 2015.
But he pointed to a wealth of experience inside the dressing room – not only in his vice captain Ben Stokes but in Cook, Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad – and from outside in the form of past captains.
Root insists he will seek the advice and knowledge of former captain Alastair Cook
And he maintained he will not be afraid to tap into all seams of knowledge.
"I just want to be very natural, instinctive and find something that naturally works. We have a great period now to think about these things, go away and speak to people and find out what works for me and this team," said Root.
"I will be speaking to Alastair in the next few days – he sent me a lovely text message – and I'll speak to a few guys who have been in the same position. Maybe a few past captains. And maybe a few people away from the game.
"That's something we can sort out further down the line."
Root has until July 6 and his first Test against South Africa to formulate his plans which could feel like a long wait for a man in a rush.
He said: "I just wanted to do as much as I can to help this team and now it's come about I feel like I'm as ready as I can be for this opportunity. I'm just looking forward to getting out there and getting stuck into it."