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England seamers Stuart Broad and James Anderson are confident that Test captain Joe Root will take the national team to new heights.
Root was handed the captaincy after Alastair Cook stepped down from the leadership role following England’s 4-0 thrashing by India at the end of 2016.
Root was the frontrunner to succeed Cook from the get-go and Broad made it clear that the 26-year-old is “the perfect man for the job”.
“I think Joe is the perfect man for the job,” Broad told Sky Sports. “He’s our best batsman in the team, he’s got a lot of experience now, over 50 Test matches, and we have got an exciting year ahead.
“It seems the perfect time for Joe to take over and lead in his own way.”
Root’s first assignment as Test captain will come against South Africa in July. Following that, England will take on the West Indies before flying to Australia for the Ashes.
“I think he’s got a great opportunity. He has inherited a great team, a good young team as well,” Anderson said. “He has done a good job with the vice-captaincy, he has had a lot of experience under Alastair Cook.
“Cook will still be playing for the Test side so he will be there to guide Joe through and I am sure he will do a fantastic job.
“Essentially, it is the same team who have been together for the last 18 months – two years. It is just about Joe putting his own stamp on the team, I am sure it will be a seamless transition.”
Prior to the series against South Africa and the West Indies, the Champions Trophy will take place in June, and Broad feels that England should consider themselves as one of the favourites to win the tournament since they are hosting it.
“I think we have got a hugely exciting white ball team, we have got seven match-winners in that top order,” he said. “There is so much power and excitement in that team, it makes us probably favourites for the Champions Trophy in our own conditions.
“I love watching this white ball team, the way they go about things.”